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|Natural Family Living~Right from the Start is a Santa Barbara community project initiated in June 2007 with the funding of the James S. Bower Foundation. Natural Family Living is a project of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute Center for Clinical Studies and Research(a non-profit organization). Read more…
|Our vision is to collaborate with others to create a tipping point in our community’s awareness, practices, and policies that nurture human potential and optimal relationships from the beginning of life.
|Natural Family Living~Right from the Start (NFL~RFS) provides information, education, research, training, and support for families, professionals, community programs, and policy-making groups to maximize human potential and optimal relationships from the beginning of life. Research indicates that the primary period is the most important period to support babies to establish their fullest human potential. Thus, awareness, information, support and community resources are best utilized when we maximize our focus on helping families during this period. Read more...
NFL~RFS brings leading-edge understandings from fields such as prenatal and perinatal psychology, infant mental health, and the emerging new sciences to focus on optimizing the primary period of human development, preconception through the baby’s first year of life.
Investing in Human Potential From the
Beginning of Life:
Key to Maximizing Human Capital
2009 - Position Paper by Wendy Anne McCarty,
PhD and Marti Glenn, PhD.
ABSTRACT: Economic analysis of human
capital–the abilities and skills a person brings to community and work
force–suggests that investing in early childhood programs is much more
cost-effective than dollars spent intervening later in life. Even with
increasing knowledge of the importance of early intervention programs, there
still appears to be a mental divide separating the prenatal and birth period
and infancy. Programs that begin during infancy or later may not address the fundamental
origins of the increasing issues we face regarding our children. The key to reverse this cascade of poor
outcomes and to dramatically improve human capital and human potential is to
bring innovative and comprehensive efforts to support families during the
primary period of human development–pre-conception through baby’s first
postnatal year. This paper introduces 12 guiding principles to align the
re-visioning and strategic planning for funding, policy-making, research,
professional education and training, and parenting practices. First action
steps to maximize human potential and human capital from a prenatal and
perinatal psychology perspective are addressed.
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12 Guiding Principles To Nurture Human Potential and Optimize Relationships From the Beginning Of Life
Intense study and clinical experience in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology over the last 30 years has expanded and deepened our understanding of the earliest period of development.
In 2007-2008, a team of leading experts distilled these new understandings into a simple document and 12 guiding principles to help parents, professionals and community readily focus on essential ways to help babies and families have the best start possible.
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City of Santa Barbara Makes YOUTH #1 Priority
On August 1, 2007 The City of Santa Barbara passed a resolution to “make YOUTH our #1 Priority” and to join 50 other cities to adopt the National League of Cities’ City Platform for Strengthening Families and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth.
Our first community awareness campaign aligns with this resolution and promotes the recognition of the prenatal period as the primary formative period for the person we will become. Please share this message with others in our community.
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We look forward to working together to expand our community dedicated to nurturing our babies and supporting families.
Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN