Infants and Mothers: Differences in Development by T. Berry BrazeltonThough the book shows its age a bit, the whole is a remarkable narrative about three different infant temperaments, and the effects that these can have on both the babies families and on the babies own development. It is unique in its understanding of parents reactions in particular, with none of the superior tone that is so difficult to tolerate in many books about infant care and development. At the same time, it elucidates many mysteries of infant behavior, and has been a practical benefit.
It was especially interesting for me to read about the quiet baby--to see my children reflected there, and to recognize some of the stories I had hear about my own childhood. Though comparing children is, these days, contrary to good advice, this book does a good job of doing so in a way that is no insult to any of the children or parents--it truly seems to delight in all the fascinating differences, without attaching differing values to them. I really enjoyed this thoughtful book.
I have to add, that I only like this book better each time I read it.
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With Dr. He was also beloved by pediatricians, and an extraordinary number of us were taught and shaped by a man who believed deeply that it all came back to looking at the baby and the parents. Brazelton said in in a long retrospective interview for an oral history project at the American Academy of Pediatrics. That led him to start looking carefully at newborns, before parents had had any influence, and what he saw, looking at the babies, was how their behavior actually shaped parental responses. And that in turn offered opportunities to help parents, who traditionally were blamed when something went wrong. Sparrow said. From his initial work observing the behavior of newborns, and their interactions with their parents, Dr.
He was Before Dr. Brazelton began practicing medicine in the early s, the conventional wisdom about babies and child rearing was unsparingly authoritarian. It was believed that infants could not feel pain. Parents were instructed to set strict schedules, demand obedience and refrain from kissing or cuddling. Babies were to be fed every four hours, by the clock, preferably from a bottle. When children were hospitalized, parents were allowed few if any visiting hours.
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His interest in child development led him to pursue further training and research in the field of child psychiatry. He established his own pediatric practice in Cambridge , Massachusetts , in While continuing his daily pediatric practice and conducting research, Brazelton also emerged as a public advocate for young children and families. He appeared before congressional committees to argue in support of parental and medical leave legislation and for increased assistance for children growing up in poverty. Like Benjamin Spock , the hugely influential pediatrician to whom he was often compared, Brazelton influenced the beliefs and practices of American parents through his many books.
In his roles as researcher, clinician, and advocate for parents, T. Berry Brazelton has been one of the formative influences on pediatrics in the United States for over fifty years. It can be argued that one of the most important advances in the study and treatment of the newborn infant was the development and publication of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale NBAS by Brazelton and his colleagues in Unlike the classic neurological scales, which were designed to identify abnormalities in newborn functioning, the NBAS examines the competencies of the newborn infant while at the same time identifying areas of concern. It has been used in hundreds of research studies to assess the effects of a wide range of prenatal and perinatal influences on newborn behavior, including prematurity and low birthweight and prenatal substance abuse. From the time it was first published, the NBAS has been used to document cultural variation in newborn behavior across a wide range of cultures. In recent years, it has also been successfully used as a method of helping parents understand and relate to their infants.
Brazelton hosted the cable television program What Every Baby Knows , and wrote a syndicated newspaper column. He wrote more than two hundred scholarly papers and twenty-four books. Brazelton was born in Waco, Texas. From , after war service in the U. He entered private practice in , in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He subsequently served as a Fellow with Professor Jerome Bruner at the Center for Cognitive Studies at Harvard University , then combined his interests in primary care pediatrics and child psychiatry and in established the Child Development Unit, a pediatric training and research center at Children's Hospital in Boston.