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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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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

Noni Hazlehurst, AM, on the work of Baby in Mind

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Noni Hazlehurst, AM, is known to almost every Australian, and is loved by just as many. Children’s charity, Baby in Mind, is honoured to have Noni support our work.

For 24 years (in a 43 year career that is still going), along with a host of critically acclaimed film and TV roles, Noni came in to our lounge rooms almost every day as presenter of the ground-breaking children’s program Playschool. She taught us how to solve problems and transform the ordinary by sticking scraps together with a bit of masking tape. She sang to us, read to us, engaged us in play and – most of all – made us feel that we were OK just the way we were. She let us know we were important, that what we did, what we made and what we said mattered.

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The First Touch Program: Using infant massage to support family relationships and brain development

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By: Karen Craggs and Liz Hillyer, Junction Australia

Junction Australia is a community organisation working across all of South Australia, providing counselling, community support and housing services to families, children and young people. Our Point of Engagement program  is an early intervention home visiting service where we undertake intensive intervention with parents, or pregnant women, who are involved in drug or alcohol misuse, and their vulnerable new-born babies and children. Read More

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