A celebration of the individuality of every infant, preparing pediatric professionals and educators to support parents immediately in the newborn period
R ecent advances in the fields of psychology and psychiatry support the perspective that infants are not, as it was once thought, passive recipients of sensory stimulation, but are instead competent and unique individuals, ready to interact with their caregivers from the very beginning of life.
Built on T. Berry Brazelton's standard-setting work on the individuality of infants, The Newborn as a Person: Enabling Healthy Infant Development Worldwide is a landmark, family-centered volume providing professionals with practical guidance to support families immediately in the newborn period.
Coedited by a team of experts in the field of child psychology, public health, and pediatrics, this insightful reference collects reports from internationally renowned researchers and clinicians on different aspects of infant development. It thoroughly prepares professionals in psychology, psychiatry, public health, and pediatric medicine, as well as early childhood educators, with information that will aid in guiding and informing parents in their relationship with their newborn.
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The Newborn as a Person is grounded in a passionate commitment to giving children and their families the best possible start in life and is an essential reference for mental health professionals who work with children as well as pediatricians, educators, and academic researchers.
Reviewer:Jay P. Goldsmith, MD(Tulane University School of Medicine)
Description:This book summarizes over four decades of research on the capacities of newborns to learn, feel, and interact with other humans and their environment. Written by the researchers who did the original work and are the recognized world experts in early childhood care and development, this landmark book is a celebration of how this work has changed healthcare and childcare practices all over the world.
Purpose:The purpose is to review the findings of international researchers on newborn behavior and development in an attempt to begin to answer the question of whether developmental interventions can change the lives of children, especially those born with potential handicaps. These are indeed worthy objectives and the book goes a long way toward achieving this goal.
Audience:It is intended for pediatricians, neonatologists, and any healthcare providers who care for neonates and infants. It will also be useful for professionals and students in child psychology, public health, and child psychiatry as well as early childhood educators. The authors are recognized as the most knowledgeable authorities in this field.
Features:The book begins with a historical review of the "discovery of the human newborn," discussing changes in the appreciation of newborn behavior since the development of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS) by T. Berry Brazelton in 1973. It then goes on to review research and practice in different countries around the world, citing new models for behavioral intervention and models for training healthcare professionals. The book concludes with six chapters which look into the future, discussing such divergent topics as laboratory projects on the newborn's sensitivity to sound to the use of doulas to promote parent-infant bonding. There is very little art in the book and few tables. Although the NBAS is published elsewhere, I would have liked to have seen a well done description, with pictures and problems in its administration, from the people with the most experience in performing this evaluation.
Assessment:This is a festschrift of the NBAS and its influence on newborn care practices over the last nearly half century. It shows how far we have come in our appreciation of newborn behavior and the influences which shape the lives of our children. Hopefully, this milestone will be one of many in this pursuit as this group of researchers and others give us more tools to improve the outcomes of our children, especially those born prematurely, sick, or with handicaps.