Our first annual NBO training occurred on September 14-15, 2019. Co-led by Dr Gold and her colleague Aditi Subramaniam, the lively weekend of learning included maternity nurses, occupational therapists, doulas, home visitors, early childhood educators, and early intervention specialists.


Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) trainings

When: April 15-16 2020


Where: Mill + Main

444 Main Street

Dalton, MA

The NBO System: The Newborn Behavioral Observations system (NBO) is a clinical application of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale developed by pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton. Not a test or assessment, it consists of 18 neurobehavioral observations that enable a clinician to demonstrate a newborn’s unique qualities and capacities for communication. 

The NBO literally offers opportunity to make room for this new person in relationship with caregivers and within the family. Parents who have experienced the NBO often remember it vividly years later. Fathers and siblings can be participants. One study showed a significant decrease in risk for postpartum depression at one month in mothers who experienced the NBO with their infants in the first two days of life. 

In this two-day workshop, attendees will: 

  1. Appreciate the theoretical framework of the NBO system 

  2. Gain exposure to current research focusing on the infant -parent relationship and neurobehavioral development. 

  3. Learn how to implement the NBO in clinical practice. 

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What is the NBO training?

A centerpiece of the project is an annual 2-day NBO training that brings together a range of practitioners in the community who interface with parents and newborns. The experiential learning serves a dual purpose of becoming familiar with the tool itself, while forging relationships among community members who play different roles in working with new families, including maternity nurses, home visitors, pediatricians, and early intervention specialists.

Participants in the training learn together about how to engage parents' natural expertise and ability to listen to their baby's earliest communications as they navigate this dramatic transition in their lives.

The Hello Its Me Project plans to train all maternity nurses at Berkshire Medical Center with the aim of integrating the NBO into routine care of newborns and their family. In addition, we will train a range of other community organizations, including Berkshire Pediatrics, Healthy Families, Pediatric Development Center, and Parents as Teachers, who all have opportunity to engage with families beyond the immediate newborn period. We will offer both on-line and on-site support in certification in the NBO.

The Hello Its Me Project will host quarterly community gatherings and educational events for practitioners trained in the NBO. These events offer opportunity to learn about each other’s experience, continue to support one another in this critical and often challenging work, while strengthening referral networks to enable the community to hold families in need of support in the early days, weeks, and months.