The NBAS: Supporting the Newborn and Its Family at Birth

  • Drina Candilis-Huisman


The newborn, in itself, carries a certain mystery. When a child is born, many people bend over the cradle, with attention, anxiety, indifference, hostility, admiration, and even wonder. Grandparents, extended family, close or less close friends, all are mobilized in such a way that their special attention supports the baby’s own vitality. Immediate caregivers play an important role in regulating this more or less well-organized procession. All forms of institutional care provided around the time of birth resonate in particular ways, whether in late pregnancy around ultrasound screenings or during the period immediately after birth. Because he acknowledged these perhaps universal particularities and realized why and how what is said during the pre- and postpartum periods can be so powerful for both newborns and their caregivers, Terry Berry Brazelton, an American pediatrician, developed a tool in the early 1970s for the clinical observation of the newborn. This tool is known as the NBAS (Brazelton, Neonatal behavioral assessment scale. Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1973). The present chapter aims at presenting how the NBAS, as a clinical tool, can provide support to the newborn and its family at birth.


Brazelton NBAS Early parent-infant intervention Therapeutic alliance Touchpoints 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Drina Candilis-Huisman
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  1. 1.Université Paris DiderotParisFrance

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