Minding the Baby

Clinical Model

Mother and newborn


Based on an applied research model grounded in attachment theory, Minding the Baby® (MTB) involves an integrated model of care that bridges primary care and mental health approaches to enhancing the mother-infant relationship. All clinicians are trained in supporting and enhancing parental reflective capacities, or Reflective Functioning (RF).

MTB is a program for at-risk mothers, children, and families blending research with intervention development and focused on:

  • Enhancement of health, mental health, parent-child relationship/attachment, and life course outcomes within young families
  • Prevention at a very early stage of the family’s development
  • Home visiting as the primary intervention modality, beginning in pregnancy through the child’s second birthday

While based on seven key principles, the core of the model surrounds three key elements: 

  • Promoting secure attachment, parental reflectiveness, health & mental health, self efficacy
  • Supporting reflectiveness through relationships
  • Using an interdisciplinary approach 
Additional information, including a detailed description of key principles and the theoretical background behind the model, is provided in the MTB Treatment Manual. The manual is provided to implementing agencies, along with the MTB Replication Planning Guide and Operations Manual. For more information about MTB implementation, please contact us