The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education is a quarterly publication focusing on policy, research and best practice in parent support and education from pregnancy to two.

Essential reading for all educators, academics, professionals and volunteers working in the very early years, it offers the latest evidence about foetal and infant development; analyses early years policy; presents evidence-based parent education programmes and teaching and learning activities for parenting groups;  covers the needs of parents facing specific challenges; and focuses on the baby’s earliest relationships. The Journal maintains an international focus with articles from birth and parenting educators and scholars from across the world.

 Whats in the  Winter Issue - Volume 4 Issue 2



Let parents talk to parents
Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

GUEST Editorial
Tug of war: Could polarized parenting advice cause harm?
Kathleen Hodkinson, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Tara Acevedo, Researcher and Katrin Kristjansdottir, Director of the Counseling Center -  Webster Vienna Private University

GUEST Editorial
Challenges of parenting in a refugee camp
Alison Prowle and Janet Harvell, Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester, UK


How volunteers can work with parents to improve early childhood outcomes: A review of the evidence
Jenny McLeish, Research Associate, Institute for Voluntary Action Research; Leila Baker, Head of Research, Institute for Voluntary Action Research; Celia Suppiah, CEO, Parents 1st

Art, science and experience of peer support: Learning from the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities programme
Crispin Day, Head, CAMHS Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London; Catherine Kearney, Specialist Trainer, National EPEC Unit, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; Fiona Squires, Hub Lead, National EPEC Unit, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Maximising social capital through volunteers: Lessons from New Zealand
Vikki Raymond, Children’s Centre Manager

Becoming a kinship carer – education and support needs of grandparents who are parenting
Nicola Stobbs, Lecturer, Institute of Education, University of Worcester, UK; Alison Prowle, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester, UK


Australian Breastfeeding Association counsellors: Providing mother-to-mother peer support for more than 50 years
Susan Tawia, Manager, Breastfeeding Information and Research, Australian Breastfeeding Association

Pregnancy Sickness Support
Caitlin Dean, Chairperson of Pregnancy 
Sickness Support


Worrying about worrying: The importance of compassionate communication
Sally Hogg, Mother, Consultant working in Children’s Services and Strategic Lead for the ‘Mums and Babies in Mind’ Project

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