In Memory of T. Berry Brazelton, MD, 1918 – 2018
The world mourns the loss of a true hero. A groundbreaking pediatrician and scientist, T. Berry Brazelton, MD was a genius and a gift to parents and families everywhere. He guided and inspired generations of parents who learned to trust their instincts, listen to their infants and find joy in even the toughest moments of parenting. His Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale and acute observations forever changed the way we see infants and understand child development in the earliest moments of life.
Dr. Brazelton’s books, articles, television shows and Touchpoints training have revolutionized how parents can learn to appreciate and stimulate their babies from the first day of life. His cheerful, funny, happy voice was the sound of someone who never got tired of playing with babies or listening carefully to what parents were telling him. His lifetime of achievement is alive every day in the work and play of millions of children and families across the world. It will live on as children who benefitted from his care become the parents of the next generation, and as pediatricians, child care providers and other child and family specialists continue to use and spread his message and mission.
We join colleagues at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and around the world in honoring the life of a great champion and offering heartfelt condolences to Dr. Brazelton’s family and friends.
Frank Farrow is the president at CSSP.