Baby Extra is an antenatal intervention developed in Holland aimed at enhancing attachment postnatally.
The intervention is time limited, non stigmatising, low cost, builds on existing practise and research and appears to be very successful. Penny Rackett, educational psychologist, gave a very interesting presentation about the programme and described the design and early stages of a pilot in Suffolk aimed at replicating the intervention in a British context.
I couldnt help thinking that if this quality of intervention had a market in the same way as some drug therapies do then investors would be falling over themselves to get the rights to develop and test it further. Instead its left to an intrepid front line professional to lead the way on top of an already busy workload with minimal resource. If there any readers of this blog with capital to invest in a social intervention that has the potential to make a difference then this might be your baby.