IJBPE

About the Journal

AIMS

Issue 3The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education (IJBPE) aims to establish meaningful links between research, current knowledge and understanding, and the work of practitioners in the field of parent education and support across the world.

The IJBPE also seeks to reflect and share the excitement and importance of working with mothers, fathers, kinship carers, co-parents and families in the earliest years of their children’s lives. It recognises the inter-disciplinary nature of the early intervention agenda across the transition to parenthood. This is reflected in articles written by a range of experts including psychologists, anthropologists, paediatricians, health visitors, midwives, neuroscientists, sociologists and birth and parent educators. The role and importance of peer-support organisations is fully acknowledged.

The IJBPE aims to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas and practice between the statutory sectors and the third sector.

The IJBPE encourages practitioners to develop a critical relationship with parent education and support programmes, and values their contributions to refining existing programmes. As a result of reading the IJBPE, practitioners will grow in confidence and ability to work in the field of parent education and support, and see themselves as part of a community building new knowledge and expertise.
The IJBPE seeks to ensure that there is no gulf between theory and practice. It seeks to help all practitioners acquire an accurate, up-to-date knowledge-base, and learn about proven strategies for helping new mothers and fathers be the parents they aspire to be.

The IJBPE  aims to provide all practitioners working with families across the transition to parenthood (from pregnancy to when the baby is two years old) with the following:

Up-to-date information about:

  • The multiplicity of factors affecting the development of the unborn baby
  • Factors affecting the mother’s, father’s, co-parents’ and baby’s wellbeing during labour and birth
  • How the relationship between parenting couples changes across the transition to parenthood
  • How the infant (and child) develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.

Up-to-date information about:

  • The multiplicity of factors affecting the development of the unborn baby
  • Factors affecting the mother’s, father’s, co-parents’ and baby’s wellbeing during labour and birth
  • How the relationship between parenting couples changes across the transition to parenthood
  • How the infant (and child) develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.

Best practice ideas:

  • For educating and communicating effectively with new families from all backgrounds, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity, culture and family constitution, either in one-to-one sessions or in groups
  • For setting up and running support networks for mothers, fathers and young families.

The Journal also aims to bring to readers’ attention:

  • Well-established parent education programmes (content, delivery and evidence-base)
  • Peer-support organisations active in the field of parent education and support

STRUCTURE OF THE JOURNAL

The Journal will be divided into five principal sections, although there will be overlap between these.

THE UNBORN BABY

This section will include:

  • Articles explaining current understanding of the multiplicity of factors affecting the development of the unborn baby, and how the mother’s, father’s, co-parent’s and baby’s wellbeing is profoundly influenced by the experience of labour and birth
  • Articles written by practitioners explaining how they approach pregnancy, labour and birth topics in their antenatal education sessions or when working with individual parents or families.

BECOMING PARENTS

This section will include:

  • Articles explaining current understanding of how relationships between parenting couples and between couples and their families and their wider community, are affected across the transition to parenthood
Articles written by practitioners explaining how they help parenting couples reflect on and put strategies in place to protect and develop their relationship across the transition to parenthood.

SOCIAL WORLD AROUND THE BABY

This section will include:

  • Articles explaining how the baby’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development is affected by his/her earliest relationships with key caregivers and by the physical environment around him/her.
  • Articles written by practitioners explaining how they help mothers and fathers understand and respond to their new baby’s needs during the first two years of life.  

PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

This section will include:

  • Articles about specific parent education programmes, discussing the research relating to their effectiveness, and their key components
Articles written by practitioners describing their experience of delivering the programme in question, their feelings about its strengths and weaknesses and its impact on mothers and fathers. 

PEER-SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS

This section will describe the work being carried out by peer-support organisations in the field of parent education and support across the transition to parenthood.


BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES SUPLEMENTS – AIMH UK

Every alternate issue of the IJBPE will include a Best Practice Guidelines supplement, provided by the Association for Infant Mental Health, AIMH UK, covering key areas of relevance to early years’ practitioners. The aim is to build a Best Practice library to which readers can refer for support in their work with families across the transition to parenthood.


ISSN 2054-0779 (Print)
ISSN 2054-0787 (Online)


 

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