The legendary pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton passed away on March 13, 2018, a month shy of his 100th birthday. For those not in the know, he was the baby whisperer before there was "The Baby Whisperer," mostly because he was one of the first pediatricians to really take the time and energy to regard babies as their own brilliant little beings. He saw them and he respected them—and he taught generation of parents to do that same.
''We used to think babies were lumps of clay,'' Brazelton told a crowd of parents back in 1990. ''We have learned so much about what they can do.''
Brazelton was one of the first to really notice all the astonishing things even the youngest newborns can see and do, and to translate it to his peers and worried parents alike.
A fellow pediatrician, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, put it this way: "The best gift he gave me was being able to simply and easily demonstrate to parents and to trainees what babies are capable of, from the start."