The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education is a quarterly publication focusing on policy, research and best practice in parent support and education from pregnancy to two.

We know that pregnancy and the first years of parenting are ‘a teachable moment’ when mothers and fathers are exceptionally open to making changes in their lives.
As a reader of the IJBPE, you are someone who wants to make a difference to children’s lives by using your knowledge and skills to educate and support mothers and fathers as they make the transition to parenthood.

Inside the IJBPE, you will find:

• What leading academics across the world are saying about parent education in the very early years
• How health and social care practitioners are translating new knowledge into best practice
• What the policy makers are saying about systems to support and educate new parents and those working with them

The IJBPE is essentially a Journal for professionals who are out there in the community, or who are planning a career working with mothers and fathers in the earliest years of their children’s lives. At the end of each year, the Journal’s 4 issues will have updated you on the latest thinking and the very best practice in parent education and support. You will be inspired to continue to support new mothers and fathers to the best of your ability, in the knowledge that it is parents who shape their children’s futures.

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They illustrate some of the topics that the Journal covers and the way in which it covers them. We hope you find them interesting, informative and accessible.

Preparing women for home birth

Preparing women for home birth

This article outlines some of the issues involved for women and their partners in deciding whether or not to plan a homebirth.

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Sleep in early childhood: The role of bedtime routines

Sleep in early childhood: The role of bedtime routines

Sleep changes rapidly from several shorter periods over 24 hours in the first weeks of life to one nap and one long period of sleep at night by age three. 

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1000 Days: The beginning of a child’s right to health

1000 Days: The beginning of a child’s right to health

Dan Irvine, Senior Director, Sustainable Health, World Vision International, discusses international policy and strategy for promoting the health and wellbeing of all the world’s young children.

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 What's in the Autumn Issue - Volume 7 Issue 1
Focus on: Fathers


Welcoming fathers into the lives of their children from pregnancy onwards
Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

GUEST Editorial
What we can do with sad dads
Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor and Head of the Fathers and Families Research Program at The University of Newcastle, Australia

GUEST Editorial
A focus on fathers
Merle Davies, Director of Blackpool Better Start, UK


Double exclusion: How to engage with and support gay fathersDouble exclusion: How to engage with and support gay fathers
Jeremy Davies, Head of Communications at the Fatherhood Institute, UK  

Fathers: How can we Best support fathers’ mental health through pregnancy and early parenting?
Rebecca Moore, Consultant Perinatal Psychologist, UK

Sleep among fathers of infants: What do we know about it and why is it important?
Karen Wynter, Research Fellow, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Deakin University, and Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research – Western Health Partnership, Australia

Helping him to support her: Building trust and minimising distress through the facilitation of partner support across the transition to parenthood
Chris May, Fathers and Families Research Program, Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Richard Fletcher, Associate Professor, Fathers and Families Research Program, Brain and Mental Health Priority Research Centre, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Targeted mobile apps for fathers over the perinatal period
Becky K. White, School of Public Health, Curtin University, Australia
Jane A. Scott, School of Public Health, Curtin University, Australia

Super Dads Super Kids: A parenting program encouraging the bond between children and their fathers
Brian Russell, Provincial Coordinator, Dad Central Ontario, Canada

Promoting men’s engagement as equitable, non-violent fathers and caregivers in children’s early lives: Programmatic reflections and recommendations
Melanie Swan, Global Technical Lead for Early Childhood Development, Plan International
Kate Doyle, Senior Programme Officer, Promundo
Rudy Boer, Director: Monitoring, Evaluation & Research, Program Effectiveness and Quality, Plan Canada

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  • Previous Issues
    Volume 1

    Previous IssuesVolume 1
    Issue 2 - Focus on Education for Birth
    Issue 3 - Focus on Fathers
    Issue 4 - Focus on Nuturing and Nutrition
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 2

    Previous IssuesVolume 2
    Issue 1 - Focus on Play
    Issue 2 - Focus on Sleep and Soothing
    Issue 3 - Focus on Parents and Children with Learning Disabilities
    Issue 4 - Focus on Education for Calm Parenting
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 3

    Previous IssuesVolume 3
    Issue 1 - Open Focus

    Issue 2 - Focus on Family Nurse Partnership/ Nurse-Family Partnership

    Issue 3 - Focus on Relationships
    Supplement No.1: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 1 ‘Improving Relationships in the Perinatal Period: What Works?’

    Issue 4 - Focus on Preparation and Support for Labour and Birth?
    Supplement: 2016 IJBPE Conference ‘Parent Education Today: Walking the Walk’. Practice Pointers from the Conference Workshops
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 4

    Previous IssuesVolume 4
    Issue 1 - Focus on Attachment
    Supplement No.2: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 2 ‘Improving Attachment in Babies: What Works?’

    Issue 2 - Focus on Peer Support

    Issue 3 - Focus on Parenting in Difficult Circumstances
    Supplement No.3: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 3 'Antenatal Anxiety and Depression: What Should We Be Doing?'

    Issue 4 - Focus on preconception education, FASD, and prematurity

  • Previous Issues
    Volume 5

    Previous IssuesVolume 5
    Issue 1 - Focus on School Readiness
    Supplement No.3: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 3 ‘The Relationship with the Unborn Baby: Why it Matters’

    Issue 2 - Focus on Fostering and Adoption


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