This book is a collection of papers by clinicians united in their conviction about the importance of directly engaging and interacting with the baby in the presence of the parents whenever possible. This approach, which draws on the work of Winnicott, Trevarthen and Stern, honours the baby as subject. It re-presents the baby to the parents who may in that way see a new child, in turn shaping the infant's implicit memories and reflective thinking. Recent neurobiological, attachment and developmental psychology models inform the work. The book describes the underpinning theoretical principles and the settings and forms of direct clinical practice, ranging from work with acutely ill babies, to more everyday interventions in crying, feeding and sleeping difficulties, as well as infant-parent psychotherapy. Clinicians at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne from the disciplines of psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychology, nursing, speech pathology, child psychotherapy, paediatrics, and music therapy describe their work with ill and suffering babies and their families.

chapter Two|10 pages

Engaging with the baby as a person: early intervention with parents and infants

ByFrances Thomson-Salo

part I|80 pages

Interventions in Acute Health Settings

chapter Three|14 pages

The sick baby in hospital

ByCampbell Paul

chapter Four|12 pages

Perceptions of parents of tube fed babies: a preliminary analysis

ByLibby Ferguson, Campbell Paul

chapter Six|16 pages

Two children in acute wards

BySue Morse

chapter Seven|8 pages

Working in twilight: infant mental health interventions with babies who may die

ByMegan P. Chapman, Campbell Paul

chapter Eight|16 pages

Infants dependent on technology at home: enabling the staff

BySarah Jones, Robyn Hayles

part II|32 pages

Interventions in Crying, Feeding, and Settling Difficulties

chapter Nine|5 pages

Reflux and irritability

ByBrigid Jordan

chapter Eleven|20 pages

In the nurse’s consulting room

ByMichele Meehan

part III|53 pages

Infant–Parent Therapy

chapter Twelve|8 pages

Talking with infants

ByRobin Wilson

chapter Thirteen|8 pages

When twins present: creating space to be seen

ByTeresa Russo

chapter Fifteen|8 pages

Tom’s perfect world

ByJulie Stone

chapter Sixteen|19 pages

Babies in groups: the creative roles of the babies, the mothers, and the therapists

ByCampbell Paul, Frances Thomson-Salo

part IV|47 pages

Interventions with Infants with Problems of Relating

part V|28 pages

Interventions with Infants Exposed to Family Violence

chapter Twenty-One|4 pages

Infancy and domestic violence: an annotation

ByBrigid Jordan

chapter Twenty-Two|9 pages

Working with a sick baby born of a rape

ByCampbell Paul

chapter Twenty-Three|12 pages

Sara: psychotherapy with a mother–infant dyad with a background of violence

ByDimitra Bekos

part VI|30 pages

Reference Papers

chapter Twenty-Four|14 pages

Some principles of infant–parent psychotherapy

ByFrances Thomson-Salo, Campbell Paul

chapter Twenty-Five|14 pages

The infant who looks but does not see

ByCampbell Paul

chapter |7 pages

Epilogue: The spare room: a father confronts his fatherhood

ByJoanna Murray Smith