Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)

Did you know babies can communicate with us in the NICU?

Each baby has its own individual special language which they use to tell us how they’re feeling.

These are called infant cues.

Many of us think babies tell us how they feel by crying or smiling, but actually there is a whole array of ways they tell us how they are feeling.

In the NICU, some of these are sublte, like baby touching her mouth, or sneezing, some are more obvious like displaying high oxygen saturations during skin to skin, or a steady heart beat.

Learning the language of your baby is an amazing way to have an insight into their world and bond with them even further.

We know how hard it can be to get to know your baby when they’re in the neonatal unit, or maybe you feel you know them inside out and just want some reassurance, which is why we can offer The Brazleton Newborn Behavioural Observations to your little one both in the neonatal unit (restrictions may apply) and when you first arrive home.

The NBO doesn’t happen just once either! We can do this multiple times until baby is three months corrected, providing you and your little one with continued support.

The appointment takes around one hour, and one of our NBO Practitioners will come meet you and your baby (this person may be your peer mentor), while looking at a number of different aspects of your little one.

None of this is painful to your baby, and if your baby is showing the practitioner that they’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed and need a break, then we’ll stop.

Making sure your little one feels loved, secured and comfortable is incredibly important to us at all times.

If you are interested in learning more about the NBO and how it can support you and your baby, please ask your mentor, follow the link below or refer in via the ‘Make A Referral’ button at the top of the page.

Your Baby’s Language – Brazelton Centre UK

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

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