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As an occupational therapist and CEIM working in a NICU (Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit), my job may be quite different from many CEIMs around the world. I wanted to share with you some insight into the world of premature infants and specifically what infant massage looks like in the NICU. ...
Postpartum depression (PPD) strikes one in eight women.
Mothers of premature infants are at especially high risk for PPD because of the amount of stress involved in a premature birth and in caring for the infant in the NICU. ...
PROFESSIONAL/RESEARCH: PEER REVIEWED - The sensitivity of early interactions, conveyed through eye contact, voice tone, facial expression and gentle touch is an essential element in the development of neural connections, affect and behavioural regulation, and secure attachments. ...
Children who experience more functional touch and less aggressive touch were less likely to show symptoms of poor psychological adjustment.
These findings are consistent with the assumption that children of parents who are more responsive, including through touch, are less likely to suffer from emotional and behavioral problems …
It is estimated that 1 in 110 children in the US are considered to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which includes autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). This means that most people know someone whose family is affected by ASD and most Certified Educators of Infant Massage (CEIMs) will work with a baby or child who will be diagnosed with ASD. ...
“So what is Colic?” and “How many different cries does a baby have?” are the two questions I am most frequently asked. What parents really want to know is: What causes colic, and how is colic defined and diagnosed. How can I make it go away? Underlying all the questions is the biggie: Is it my fault? The answers are more complicated than you might think. ...
PROFESSIONAL/RESEARCH: PEER REVIEWED - Kangaroo care has had positive effects on autonomic behavior and state. The state dimension of neurobehavioral organization involves the preterm neonate's ability to make smooth transitions between the sleep, quiet, and awake phases, and to maintain the most desirable state of quiet sleep. ...
Infant massage helps infants become more regulated. This is the greatest need for most of the infants in the foster care system. Because the infant’s service plan is often to return home he/she may have parental visitation visits which may also include other family members. ...
Human babies are born helpless, needing to be entirely cared for and protected. Luckily, they are born with all the necessary tools and “instructions” to attain such care for themselves, and to become a loved and loving part of their family and society. ...
As parents, we know the first five years of a child’s life are the foundation for developing knowledge, skills, behavior and emotions. One of the first ways babies experience the world is through touch – making their tender, delicate skin, and its care, so significant to their overall health and development. ...
Infographics and other fact sheets on infant massage and infant health & wellness topics.
Infant Massage has shown to be impactful on every area of child development. As a birth mandate state, incorporating Infant Massage into our early intervention programming allows us to make a greater impact at an earlier age, allowing us to narrow the gap between children with a delay and their typically developing peers.
Infant Massage also gives us a new skill set, which allows us to directly intervene on the child/caregiver relationship at an age when bonding is the most critical.
We are in the process of training all of our home visitors in the county.
Senior Program Manager - Birth to Five Services
I cannot say enough great things about the Infant Massage USA® program and the response that we’ve had to it in our state!
Shannon L.H., MHR
Manager, Infant and Early Childhood Services
OK Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Me sinto honrada de participar e ser membra de um grupo que se preocupa no bem dos bebês, das crianças e suas famílias. As pessoas não se dão conta da valiosidade que é parar e ter tempo para seu bebê e fazer uma massagem nele uma vez por dia ou algumas vezes por semana.
“ I feel honored to participate and be member of a group that cares for the good of babies, children and their families. People don't realize the value that is to stop and have time for your baby and massage him once a day or sometimes a week.
- Charlotte W.
I heartily endorse the work of Infant Massage USA® because the organization understands that touch is not just a good idea, it is a necessary nutrient.
I would recommend that you spoil your children with the indulgence of your touch. Perhaps there is nothing quite so personal and intimate as the gift of infant massage, which enriches the parent as well as the baby. Infant massage establishes a tradition of touch that enhances your relationship with your child for years to come.
— Peggy O'Mara Editor and Publisher, Mothering