About this event

  • Date and time Thu 9 May 2019 from 8:30am to 10 May 2019 at 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum, The Brazelton Centre UK

The newborn behavioural observations (NBO) training course is designed for practitioners working with families and newborns wanting to learn about baby behaviour, and reading baby signals and cues.

Research has shown this promotes positive interactions, increases parental confidence in caregiving, and practitioners’ knowledge and confidence.  

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.

Topics include: 

  • 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 

This is a joint meeting with The Brazelton Centre.


Day 1 09 May 2019

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introductions
Learning objectives
Introduction to the NBO
Tea and coffee break
Baby behavioural states
NBO: Step by step
The Behavioural Profile and AMOR
Tea and coffee break
Case studies
Administering the NBO
Close of day one
Day 2 10 May 2019

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and thoughts from day one
Administering the NBO
Recording and reporting newborn behavioural observations
Tea and coffee break
NBO session with baby and family
Recording and reporting newborn behavioural observations
Vulnerable families and the high-risk infant
Tea and coffee break
Implementing the NBO into practice



Information about certification
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom