South Korea

Kevin Nugent was the Keynote Speaker at the International Conference on Premature Babies and Families: “The Voice of Premature Infants” at Seoul National University of Education, Eduwell Convention Center, Seoul, Korea, on October 26, 2019. Among the speakers was NBO Trainee, Dr. Jinhee Kang, President, Korea Interdisciplinary Council on Early Intervention (KICEI), who spoke on “The Effects of Family-Centered Early Intervention on Premature Infants and Families in Korea”.




NBO training was offered by Constance Keefer and Alex Harrison at the Country Library, Harvard Medical School, October, 7-8th, 2019. NBAS training was offered by Yvette Blanchard at the Brazelton Institute, on October 9-10th, 2019.


NBO training was offered by NBO Trainer Jayne Singer at Louisiana State University, Department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, September 11-12, 2019.

Pittsfield MA

NBO Trainer Claudia Gold, is the Director of the “Hello it’s me, Project”, a community-based initiative to promote healthy parent-infant relationships from birth in Western Massachusetts. Claudia has designed a population-based study to evaluate the effects of the NBO on parent’s confidence around the birth of a baby over the first 5 months of life. NBO training was directed by Claudia and Aditi Subramaniam in Pittsfield, Mass. Sept 14-15 , 2019


The Irish Times reports on Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) training, which was developed at Boston Children’s Hospital and is now being used across the world. Kevin Nugent, PhD, devised the program for health professionals to help parents try to understand what their babies are saying long before their first words. https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/baby-talk-learning-to-understand-newborn-behaviour-1.3935870

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Brest, France

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The new France NBO training site was inaugurated in Brest, on June 3-4, 2019. The new site is under the direction of Professor Jacques Sizun, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO). The NBO Training was led by Master Trainer Yvette Blanchard. Professor Sizun is the founder of the NIDCAP France Centre in Brest, in collaboration with his wife, Natalie Ratynski. In the photo on the right are Jacques Sizun, Yvette Blanchard and Isabelle Olivard.

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Tipperary, Ireland


The first NBO training conducted in Ireland, was sponsored by the Tipperary Infant Mental Health Project, under the direction of Katherine O’Daly, who is the Coordinator of the Tipperary Infant Mental Health Project. The NBO faculty consisted of Deanna Gibbs, Emily Hills and J. Kevin Nugent and the training was held in Clonmel, Ireland on May 28-29th., 2019. The NBO training was preceded by the Tipperary Infant Mental Health National Symposium, "Building an Infant Mental Health Community: Learning to Listen to Babies, Parents and Ourselves”, held at the Clonmel Park Hotel on Monday May 27 th.. The attendance of almost 300, from a range of health care disciplines, came from all over Ireland. Katherine O’Daly welcomed the participants, while Ella Lovett, President of the Irish Association for Infant Mental Health delivered the opening address. Kevin Nugent was the Keynote Speaker, the title of which, was “The Perinatal Period - the Intervention Point Par Excellence Across the Life Span?”. The Symposium Speakers included Deanna Gibbs, Emily Hills, J. Kevin Nugent, Rosarii O'Donnell-Connorton, Naomi Burke, Catherine Maguire, Katherine Harford, Mary Fanning and Hazel Murphy. The Tipperary Infant Mental Health Steering Group is made up of representatives from the Psychology Department in the HSE in Clonmel, Tusla, Clonmel Community Resource Centre, Cuan Saor Domestic Violence Service, Clonmel Community Mothers Programme and Barnardos.

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Oslo, Norway

NBO - Nasjonalt vedlikeholdsseminar 2019 I Oslo - Målet med seminaret er å skape en møteplass der vi kan dele og spre NBO erfaringer og få litt nytt påfyll. An NBO conference organized by NBO Master Trainers Kari Slinning and Unni Tranaas-Vannebo, took place at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (RBUP), Nydalen, Oslo, on May 23 rd., 2019. NBO practitioners from Norway, Iceland and Denmark participated and discussed their experiences with the NBO in their respective practices. On the following day, Kevin Nugent joined NBO trainers, Kari Slinning, Unni Tranaas-Vannebo, Rakel Greve, Hege Sandtrø and Inger-Pauline Landsem (Nina Cheetham was unable to attend) to discuss NBO training and research. Since the NBO Training site was established in 2012, more that 1500 health care professionals have been trained in the NBO across Norway.

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Psychologist, Kathy Crouch, who works with the Mallee District Aboriginal Services in Australia and Susan Nicolson

Psychologist, Kathy Crouch, who works with the Mallee District Aboriginal Services in Australia and Susan Nicolson

This report, from Psychologist, Kathy Crouch, who works with the Mallee District Aboriginal Services in Australia, describes the unique way in which the NBO is being integrated into the Early Years Service with Aboriginal mothers and their babies.  The goal of the program is “to provide a service that is a holistic, baby-led, relationally safe base for our families, making sure we consider how theories guiding good infant mental health are integrated with cultural wisdom in daily service delivery”.  This presentation is called:  Baby-led yarning from the womb to the wonder years: Encouraging curiosity and reflective conversation in Community to support Infant and Family.


 The report was presented last year at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne at the NBO day, organized by Susan Nicolson and Campbell Paul.    

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Plymouth and Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA

NBO training for two cohorts was offered in response to an invitation from the Perinatal Substance Use Initiative, Division of Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Cohorts 1 and 2 NBO Training will be conducted by Jayne Singer and Claudia Gold and Constance Keefer, in Plymouth and Greenfield Mass, Massachusetts in May and June, 2019.

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Beverly, Massachusetts, USA

In the “Moms Do Care” Project at Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Mass., Jayne Singer and Beril Bayrak conducted NBO training on May 1-2, 2019. The Integrative Care Program/HPC Moms Do Care provides treatment for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorder,including women currently using opiates as well as those in recovery.

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai General Hospital - Lise Johnson demonstrates the NBO with new Family and NBO trainees

Shanghai General Hospital - Lise Johnson demonstrates the NBO with new Family and NBO trainees

NBO training was organized by Root Medical China and conducted by Lise Johnson and Kevin Nugent at Shanghai First Hospital, Shanghai, China, March 25-27 th , 2019. Participants included Dr. Wenhong Cheng and her research team from the Shanghai Mental Health Centre, who are preparing to conduct an RCT to study the effects of the NBO on postpartum depressions among a range of outcome variables. Lise Johnson and Kevin Nugent also spoke at the First Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Symposium, Shenzhen, China on March 24 th , 2019.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Jayne Singer and Constance H. Keefer presented NBO training at Harvard Medical School, March 4-5 th , 2019. Aditi Subramaniam and Constance Keefer also offered NBO training on April 17-18 th at Harvard Medical School.

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Lima, Peru

Alex Harrison led NBO training at Maternidad, Lima, Peru, Feb 26-27 , 2019.

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San Salvador, El Salvador

Alex Harrison conducted NBO training at the Hospital Centro Ginecológico en Medicos de El Salvador, San Salvador on Feb 21-22, 2019. According to Dr. Harrison, “My trip was magical. I got so much wonderful experience with NBO and also I came to believe in it as a helpful tool in a new way. I thought very highly of it before, but after the response of the nurses and doctors and social workers in these three institutions, I saw the enormous value of the NBO as a practical means of bringing what they call a “humanitarian”approach into their daily work with infants and their families. You would have been amazed at the response we got”.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

The new Denmark NBO Training Program site has been established under the direction of Inge Nickell and Merethe Winter. To mark this historic occasion, NBO training was offered to Danish health care professionals at Dansk Resources-Denmark, Copenhagen, by Inge and Merethe on January 28-29, 2019.