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AiMH UK Best Practice Guides
for Infant Mental Health professionals

The AiMH UK Best Practice Guides provide IMH practitioners with state of the art evidence about ‘what works’ to support the development of infant mental health during the perinatal period.

7. The effectiveness of Video-Interaction Guidance (VIG) – a Cochrane systematic review

AiMH UK Best Practice Guide 7

This Best Practice Guide summarises the results of the Cochrane review (March 2020) examining the effectiveness of 26 studies of different models of video feedback, in improving parental sensitivity, in addition to a range of other child and parent outcomes.

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6. Relational trauma in infancy

AiMH UK Best Practice Guide 6

This Best Practice Guide examines what the evidence reveals about the way in which parental unresolved trauma can affect the interaction with the infant, the ways in which such interaction can be identified, and the evidence regarding effective dyadic models of treatment.

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5. Effectiveness of the NBAS/NBO in improving parent-infant interaction and other outcomes

AiMH UK Best Practice Guide 5

The fifth in the Best Practice Guidance series summarises the findings of a Cochrane review assessing the effectiveness of early, brief interventions such as the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) or Neonatal Behavioural Observation (NBO), [deleted ‘system’ here?] in improving outcomes for both infant and caregiver.

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4. The relationship with the unborn baby – why it matters

AiMH UK Best Practice Guide 4

Pregnancy is an important opportunity for parents to develop a relationship with the unborn baby. This Best Practice Guide summarises the findings of research examining the impact of this developing relationship with the unborn baby, in terms of both parent-infant interaction and the baby’s attachment status in the postnatal period.

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3. Antenatal anxiety and depression – what should we be doing?

AiMH UK Best Practice Guide 3

The third Best Practice Guide examines what the evidence currently tells us about why anxiety and depression in pregnancy matter, in terms of both the developing foetus and the long-term development of the child, and what works best to support women who are experiencing such problems.

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2. Improving attachment in babies – what works?

AiMH UK Best Practice Guide 2

The second in the Best Practice Guidance series examines what the evidence tells us about some of the innovative ways of working to improve attachment security in babies.

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1. Improving relationships in the perinatal period – what works

AiMH UK Best Practice Guide 1

The first in the Best Practice Guidance series focuses on the Transition to Parenthood (TtP). This guide looks explicitly at why the TtP is important and what the evidence tells us about some of the innovative methods of working that have been developed over the course of the last decade to support the couple in the transition to parenthood.

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