The period before and after birth is a crucial time for laying down the foundations of babies’ future mental, emotional and social well-being.

Parents

We support you to become a more confident parent.

You learn:

• To better read your baby’s cues

• To have more fun together

• To strengthen your bond with baby.

We offer individual online or face to face sessions for parents and online groups for parents and babies.

Looking at video footage of you and your baby with one of our highly qualified VIG practitioners, you deepen your understanding of how you and your baby communicate.

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Professionals

Babies1st offers professionals the following courses and facilities:

Introduction to Video interaction guidance (VIG)

This course is taught in 4 modules over 4 half days on-line or over two full days face to face. It gives participants the background and basic theoretical frameworks for video Interaction guidance. The main focus is the development of skills to identify attuned moments. You will also take part in role play where you will be filmed and given strength-based feedback. After this training you can start using VIG immediately, under the supervision of a registered VIG supervisor.

Facilitating parent baby groups

This training provides information on working with parents and babies, universal features of groups, as well as on what makes parent baby groups special. Discussions in small and large groups focus on non-verbal communication, co-regulation and setting up face to face and online groups. We cover the basic principles of the Watch Wait Wonder approach, and how this can be applied in better bonding with baby groups. We also reflect on the impact of the current pandemic on new parents and babies and the provisions we can facilitate.

Empowering Professionals

A bespoke communications training, which is strength based, and highlights patterns of non-verbal and verbal communication. It has been shown to be successful with professionals in their workplace, or individuals interacting with partners and their children, toddlers and babies.

This method is suitable to improve the practice of managers, teams, newly qualified professionals (such as teachers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists), family workers and peer supporters. It can be delivered in small groups or individually.

VIG in the antenatal period

A half-day workshop suitable for VIG practitioners, trainees, or expecting parents, covering subjects such as: changes in pregnancy, the emotional work of expecting parents, families in context, thinking about the real baby, increasing empathy and mentalization, the impact of visual images.

Consultations and supervision

These sessions are currently conducted online by UK nationally recognised VIG supervisors with special interest and expertise in the early years. Read more…

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