Minding the Baby® Research
Grounded in attachment theory and reflective parenting, Minding the Baby® (MTB) home visiting provides an integrated model of care for first-time young mothers and their families that bridges primary care and mental health approaches to enhancing the mother-infant relationship.
MTB clinicians provide direct clinical service for young families, who also participate in voluntary research. The pilot phase of the initial research conducted at Yale began in 2002, when the first MTB families were recruited. MTB clinicians have served nearly 150 economically disadvantaged and ethnic minority families in New Haven since 2002, with more than 300 additional families served through program replication underway in Connecticut, Florida, England, Scotland, and Denmark.
The intervention has been tested in two federally supported randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in New Haven, with a number of notable outcomes, described under Findings. On-going program evaluation continues to be a part of the clinical work in three sites in Connecticut (New Haven, Norwalk, and Stamford) and through the MTB implementing agencies in Europe.
For more information, including our Executive Summary and a list of current publications, please contact us.
IRB Study Title(s)
Minding the Baby: A Home Intervention Study (HIC# 0206017098)
Minding the Baby: A Home Intervention Evaluation Study (HIC# 1402013377)
Maternal Protective Factors in Multiethnic Maternal-Child Dyads: A Study of Physiological, Health and Developmental Outcomes in School Age Children (HIC# 1607018027)