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Minding the Baby® Research

Grounded in attachment theory and reflective parenting, Minding the Baby® Home Visiting (MTB-HV) involves an integrated model of care for young families that bridges primary care and mental health approaches to enhancing the parent-infant relationship. From 2002-2021, MTB-HV clinicians provided direct clinical service for young families in New Haven, Connecticut. These families also participated in voluntary evaluation research, and many continue to participate in longitudinal follow-up.

Through initial pilot and later efficacy testing research with young adult and teen parents, positive outcomes were demonstrated in RF, parent-child relationship, infant attachment, high retention rates, lower rates of rapid subsequent childbearing (a second birth within 2 years of the first child), lower rates of child obesity, and fewer incidents of DCF referrals. These outcomes are all described with references included under Findings.

MTB-HV clinicians served over 200 families in Connecticut between 2002 and 2021, with more than 470 additional families served through program implementation in Florida, England, Scotland, with an on-going independent multi-year RCT underway as part of the Denmark implementation.