Collaborative Consultation with Parents and Infants in the Perinatal Period

Author: The Late Zack Boukydis Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 240 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598570786
Price: $39.95

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When professionals listen to and support new parents in the perinatal period, families enjoy long-lasting benefitsfrom stronger attachment to increased parent responsiveness and confidence. This guidebook shows practitioners how to conduct effective, collaborative consultation sessions that help parents and infants in the critical first few months of life.Developed by an experienced clinician and researcher, this accessible guide helps practitioners form productive, equal partnerships with new parents, based on warm and attentive listening and responding. A wide range of professionalsincluding doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and home visitorswill discover how to

  • understand and document key aspects of infant behavior and child-parent interaction
  • observe the baby together with parents, engaging in thoughtful observation and respectful communication
  • develop strong active listening skills so they can better understand and support parents
  • guide parents in reading their babys cry patterns and developing strategies for soothing
  • transform potential misperceptions of the infant that may interfere with parent-child bonding
  • collaborate with parents during a structured neurobehavioral assessment
  • conduct ultrasound consultations with mothers-to-be to increase their sense of connection with the baby
  • explore how the consultants own feelings, intuitions, and bodily reactions can help uncover what parents and infants need
  • tailor the consultation framework for preterm and/or substance-exposed infants and their parents
Principles of effective consultation come to life with clear examples and engaging vignettes, and the forms and tools—including Observation of Infant Neurobehavior, See Me Develop form, My Baby's Behavior Diary, Cry Consultation Interview, Ultrasound Session Coding System, NETHELP social support interview, and Six Steps of Focusing— help consultants collaborate successfully with parents and record key information.

A positive, strengths-based approach for supporting infants and families, this book will help practitioners effectively nurture parent-infant attachment and give newborns the best chance for healthy development.


Review by: Kathleen VandenBerg, Center Director/NIDCAP Master Trainer, West Coast NIDCAP & APIB Training Center, University of California San Francisco
“Some authors break through our current understanding with applications of former work that guide professionals to provide best practice. This book does just that . . . This is a must-read for NICU and perinatal professionals.”
Review by: Alison Steier, Director, Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute, Southwest Human Development
“Dr. Boukydis attends to and is deeply respectful of the experiences of the infant, the parent and the consultant. This book will be a valuable resource for students and practitioners from the many disciplines in the infant–family arena.”
Review by: Rosemarie Bigsby, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
“Sensitively navigates previously uncharted waters, to instruct clinicians in an essential area of practice—how to optimally engage caregivers in neurobehavioral assessment and intervention with their neonate. Highly recommended for all practitioners who are conducting neurobehavioral assessments.”
Review by: Angela Tomlin, Indiana University School of Medicine
“Very practical, but still grounded in research . . . a novel and valuable contribution to the infant mental health literature.”

Table of Contents

About the Author

Introduction: Essentials of Consultation in the Perinatal Period

  1. Observing Infants and Sharing Observations with Parents
  2. Use of Neurobehavioral Assessments as a Context for Consulting with Parents and in Prevention/Intervention
  3. Consults with Parents and Caregivers of At-Risk Infants: Prematurity and Substance-Exposure
  4. Consulting with Cry Problems in Early Infancy
  5. Watching Babies in Pregnancy: Ultrasound Consultation
    with Alexandria Stockman
  6. Key Concepts and Attitudes Underlying the Consultation Process
  7. Attention to One's Felt Sense While Observing Infants and Parent–Infant Interactions
  8. Seeing and Supporting Change in Parent–Infant Relationships


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