Minding the Baby® (MTB) clinicians provide direct clinical service for young families, who also participate in voluntary research. The pilot phase of the research program began in 2002, when the first MTB families were recruited. The intervention has since been tested in two federally supported randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in New Haven, Connecticut. On-going program evaluation research continues to be a part of the clinical work in New Haven and through MTB implementing agencies in Florida, Denmark, and the United Kingdom.
Over 250 families have been enrolled in MTB research efforts in New Haven. We are currently in the analysis phase of a federally funded 5-year randomized control trial (RCT) to test the efficacy of the intervention (RO1HD057947). Initial findings in the sample have been very encouraging and suggest strongly that highly trained, interdisciplinary teams with a focus on the development of reflective parenting are particularly well suited to working with high-risk mothers, babies, and their families.