Newborn behavioural observations (NBO) training 2018


Thursday 26 April 2018
to Friday 27 April 2018

2 day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Maternity & the Newborn Forum , The Brazelton Centre UK



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about this event

*** This event is now fully booked ***  


The Maternity and Newborn Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine are pleased to announce that this two day course is jointly organised with the Brazelton Centre UK. This course aims to support clinicians and parents to observe infants behavioural capacities and identify the type of support infants need for successful growth and development.

The newborn behavioural observations (NBO) training course will consist of baby observations designed to support parents in reading their own baby’s signals and cues.  Research has shown this promotes positive interactions, increases parental confidence in caregiving, and practitioners’ knowledge and confidence. 

This course is designed for practitioners working with families and newborns wanting to learn more about baby behaviour. The NBO is recommended in the National Health Visiting Service Specification, 2014/15, NHS England, and the NBAS in the Healthy Child Programme, DH, 2009.

what is nbo? goals and objectives for training

Dr Betty Hutchon describes the goals of the Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO) training programme. Dr Hutchon presents an overview of the training, a history of the development of the NBO and discusses the behaviours of a newborn in detail. 


  • Understand how new born babies communicate
  • Know about different behavioural states of infants
  • Understand infants self-regulatory behaviours
  • Know the signs of over-stimulation of boredom
  • Supporting parents in an infant’s first few weeks

Please note that participants will need to bring the following items to the course:

  • A doll to work with such as the dolls used for infant massage
  • The NBO book: 'Understanding Newborn Behaviour & Early Relationships' . The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) System Handbook - Authors: J. Kevin Nugent, Constance H. Keefer, Susan Minear, Lise C. Johnson, Yvette Blanchard ISBN: 9781557668837 Brookes Publishing Company, Baltimore 


*Registration will close on Friday 20 April 2018

RSM member £385

Non-member £385

*Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here 

who should attend?

The event is open to all healthcare professionals.

*  The programme and speaker line up will be updated regularly


Day 1

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Welcome and pre-training questionnaires

9.30 am

What is NBO? Goals and objectives for training

10.15 am

NBO videos: Hospital and home visit

10.30 am


10.40 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

NBO step by step: Administration

12.50 pm


1.00 pm


1.45 pm

Relationship building with parents

2.45 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.00 pm

Videos: Behaviours, states and crying

3.30 pm

Clinical case studies: Group work

Feedback and discussion

4.00 pm

Practical session: The NBO with dolls

4.20 pm

Discussion and closing remarks

4.25 pm

Completion of evaluation forms for day one

4.30 pm

Close of day one

Day 2

8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

NBO behavioural profile and AMOR

10.00 am

NBO recording form

Parent questionnaire

Introducing the NBO to parents

10.20 am


10.30 am

Tea and coffee break

11.00 am

NBO session with baby and family

11.45 am

Completion of recording form

Anticipatory guidance

12.15 pm

Group feedback and discussion

1.00 pm


1.45 pm

Vulnerable families and the high-risk infant

Libi Deller and Betty Hutchon

2.45 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.00 pm

Clinical case studies

Implementing the NBO in practice - discussion

3.30 pm

Post-training questionnaires

3.35 pm

Discussion and closing remarks

3.45 pm

Completion of evaluation forms for day two

4.00 pm

Close of meeting

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