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Could baby massage courses for staff improve morale, empathy and job satisfaction?

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About three years ago, here are Baby in Mind, we were involved in a research project conducted by Angela Freeman, from University of Canberra. Working at the Canberra-based perinatal depression support service, PANDSI, Freeman’s research evaluated the effects of a short, low-cost, multi-disciplinary program for women and their babies facing severe and complex postnatal depression and anxiety. What we didn’t count on or plan for, were the effects of the baby massage component of the program on staff.

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National Health and Medical Research Council Includes Cue-Based Infant Massage as a Potentially Effective Intervention in Infant Mental Health

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A report released by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has recognised and included cue-based Infant Massage as an intervention that may potentially help promote some factors contributing to early social and emotional development in a baby’s first year of life.

The finding has been welcomed by Australian children’s charity Baby in Mind. Baby in Mind is the only organisation in Australia providing nationally-accredited training to health professionals in infant massage education.

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The Body Keeps the Score

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The Body Keeps The Score (Bessel van der Kolk)

The Body Keeps the Score will surely be considered a classic among the texts on human trauma, and human nature more generally. Although van der Kolk is writing about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) broadly, he gives (justifiably) a significant emphasis to developmental (in-utero, infant and early childhood) trauma, as this is perhaps the primary source of trauma for many.

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Baby in Mind Educator Wins Award

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Linda on her last visit to Uganda, sharing skills with local workers and mothers.

Linda is currently looking for sponsors to provide training to local staff in Uganda, to help support early mother-baby relationships in families traumatised by rape and abuse. If you are in a position to assist, please contact Baby in Mind.

Congratulations to Baby in Mind educator, Linda Davis, who this week received an award for the highest academic achievement for a NSW student graduating from a vocational education course in a health faculty. Linda’s journey has been an extraordinary one, marked by courage and resilience, over an almost 10-year period, after travelling to Uganda on a trip that would change her life.

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Principles of High Quality Infant Massage Education

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Module 1: Touch and Human Development

In this module, you will explore the role of touch in human development, and particularly infant mental health development. In this module, you will have the opportunity to:

  • explore how parent-infant touch relates to early human development;
  • examine some of the key research influencing our understanding of how touch plays a central role in the development of emotional and affect regulation; and
  • review touch-related research which adds to our understanding of infant social development.

We will also introduce some ideas and give thought to how people’s own experiences and cultural beliefs about touch can impact on the quality of these early opportunities and interactions to support infant development.

The module takes most people 3-4 hours to complete.

Module 2: Infant Massage In Australia

This module explores some of the historical influences on the development of infant massage and touch education in Australia generally, and introduces the First Touch Program specifically. Students will gain knowledge of how infant massage education has developed and the characteristics of Cue-Based Infant massage.    By completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Describe some of the key influences on the evolution of formal infant massage education;
  • Discus some of the main features which can be used to help distinguish between different approaches to infant massage education; and
  • Describe these features as they exist in the First Touch Infant massage program.

The module takes most people 1.5 – 2 hours to complete.

Module 3: Promoting Nurturing Parenting Through Infant Massage Education

Infant massage education is widely used in health and community services to promote early parent-infant relationships. This course outlines specific research which identifies various features of infant massage education which, in particular, appear to result in improved parent-infant relationship outcomes. By completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe some of the ways in which different researchers have approached evaluation and trials of infant massage education;
  • Describe some of the key characteristics (mechanisms) of high-quality infant massage education;
  • Review different infant massage resources for  evidence-based strengths and weaknesses; and
  • Discuss some of the risks that may be associated with programs that do not demonstrate these characteristics.

The module takes most people 4-5 hours to complete.

This short course introduces students to some of the key principles and research underpinning the delivery of high quality, evidence-informed infant massage education to families with a baby.

This course is FREE, is open to everyone, and can be undertaken at any time.

The course contains three short modules, which you can complete online, in your own time.

Completion of this course allows you to apply for entry to the nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education.

All students to complete three modules also receive a Principles of Infant Massage Education Badge to add to their portfolio or online profile.

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Children’s books for supporting very early mental health and well-being.

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Caring for young children can be exciting, joyful, annoying, messy, frustrating, painful, boring, uplifting and exhilarating all at the same time.  Some of us take to parenting like a duck to water, some of us struggle through, making it up as we go along. But no matter the range of emotions, challenges or victories that we deal with each day, parenting young children is never easy.

On those hard days it can be a struggle to feel like a “good” parent. We worry that somehow we are harming our kids, that somehow something we do along the way is going to make things go wrong for them.

And, as it turns out, there is no big secret to giving our little ones the early foundations for a sense of confidence, belonging and self-worth:

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Four Books That Help Explain Babies

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The saying that ‘all babies are different’ has become a bit of a cliché, though there is a truth to it and it does explain – at least in part – why there is no technique that works for every baby, all the time.

But if there is no technique that works for every baby, all the time, then presumably the opposite is true too: some techniques – for settling, feeding, soothing crying – must work for some babies, some of the time.

So how can parents find which technique works for their individual baby? Read More

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