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NBAS Training in Barcelona

by Carme Costas-Moragas, PhD. NBAS Master Trainer; Co-director, NBAS Training Site/Barcelona Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Seu Maternitat, C/ Sabino de Arana, 1, 08280 Barcelona, Spain.

e-mail: carme.costas@uab.cat

From its inception, the NBAS training program in Barcelona has been presented by the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. Now, in the light of my impending retirement, it has been transferred to the Universitat de Barcelona, where the Neonatalogy Department of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona is located. The training course has been revised and expanded. It is now a postgraduate course in which we have incorporated topics covering the main areas related to the neonatal period. The course consists of theoretical classes with audiovisual support and practical classes with "in vivo", demonstrations both for the pediatric examination and for the assessment of the neonate with the NBAS. Here is a link describing the course:

http://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/estudis/oferta_formativa/masters_propis/fitxa/N/201611064/index.html?

BARCELONA NBAS TRAINING SITE TEAM

Francesc Botet-Mussons, MD, PhD

Pediatrician-neonatologist

Director, NBAS Training Site/Barcelona

Consultor Senior, Professor of Pediatrics

Facultat de Medicina, Universitat de Barcelona

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. Seu Maternitat

C/ Sabino de Arana, 1.

08280 Barcelona

Spain

Email: fbotet@clinic.ub.cat

Carme Costas-Moragas, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Co-director and NBAS-Master Trainer, Training Site/Barcelona

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. Seu Maternitat

C/ Sabino de Arana, 1.

08280 Barcelona

Spain

Email: carme.costas@uab.cat

Mª Andrea Mancera-Jiménez

Psychologist

NBAS-Trainer, Training Site/Barcelona

Email: unemandarine@gmail.com

Alicia Alvarez-Garcia, PhD

Psychologist

NBAS-Trainer, Training Site/Barcelona

Email: alicia.alvarez@copc.cat

“From Patient to Person – using the NBO in primary care”

By Maria Jose Alvarez Gómez, Pamplona.

I continue to work with families in primary care and use the NBO during the first health visit of the baby (between 5 and 15 days of age) as a way to enhance parents-infant interactions and attachment, mainly. The fact is that though it demands a big effort because of my full daily responsibilities, I can´t work without the NBO anymore since I began in 2006. We translate the point of view in our practice " from patient to person" and have shifted our way of working towards a “promotion/prevention/epigenetic model”, embracing a "family oriented care" approach.

The NBO helps all of us so much in many ways:

  • parents can see the baby as a unique person , 
  • it also improves parent-pediatrician communication and trust ,
  • it serves to help parents cope with babies with self-regulation problems
  • it is specially useful in case of babies with neurodevelopmental problems or risk factors when parents can lean to see their babies have strengths and capabilities 

I also talk about the NBO to Medical and Psychology students at the University during my class about development and developmental tools. This year I was also lucky because Dr. Constance Keefer came to Spain and visited my Health Center in Pamplona. Dr. Keefer also gave a session to my colleagues. To summary its benefits in my practice as primary care pediatrician I´d say:

  • The NBO is a useful tool to enhance the parents-infant relationship and parent-pediatrician communication
  • The NBO also leads to strength-based rather than problem-focused counseling, by serving as an anticipatory guide to parents
  • The NBO can be added to the traditional well-childcare visit at pediatric primary care as a prevention/promotion tool.

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