“There's more love between us”: The parental experience of attending Mellow Babies, a targeted, early intervention program for parents and their babies

Ciera Davidson, Aigli Raouna*, Ruaridh Malcolm, Raquib Ibrahim, Angus MacBeth

*Corresponding author for this work

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It is recognized that parenthood in the context of psychosocial adversity can have negative implications for infant development. Parenting programs are the first line of intervention to improve outcomes for families; however, evidence for the effectiveness of group-based, targeted early interventions is still scarce. Preliminary findings indicate Mellow Babies (MB) as a promising group-based parenting program for families at risk for parenting difficulties. Using thematic analysis, we aimed to understand: (i) the aspects of the intervention that enabled parents to complete the program and (ii) the relational and behavioral changes perceived as valuable for parents and their babies post-intervention. In total, 68 parents residing in the United Kingdom were interviewed after completing MB (49 mothers and 19 fathers; 88% self-identified as British). Three themes and six subthemes were generated from the data. Parents identified several intervention components as beneficial, including the facilitators' interpersonal skills and multi-dimensional, group-based approach. Participant reflections highlighted three underlying mechanisms that enabled positive change: (i) the sense of community cultivated within the group, (ii) the process of formulating and re-conceptualizing one's difficulties, and (iii) the opportunity to reshape interpersonal interactions. Findings are discussed within the context of perinatal and infant mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-116
Number of pages17
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Mellow Babies
  • early intervention
  • infant mental health
  • parent and baby
  • parenting

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