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Make early connections part of every child’s story

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Donate to Support Parent-Baby Relationships

Use our secure online donation form to support Baby in Mind reach more families. 100% of your donation goes into programs, and nothing else. We do not spend any donations on fundraising, non-program or peripheral costs. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible in Australia.

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You probably already know

You are not a stranger to our work. Most people already know that the work of Baby in Mind makes a profound difference to babies and their families in our community. You probably already know that our work is evidence-based.

Every day, the type of early intervention we support is being linked to more and more outcomes. When we improve the quality of these early relationships we are directly reducing:

  • rates of chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease.
  • child abuse and neglect risks and vulnerability.
  • childhood mental health issues, and adult mental illness.
  • social breakdown: including loneliness, violence and lack of empathy.
  • community breakdown: including crime and education exclusion.

If a baby is hungry and they get fed, and if they are stressed get comforted, the brain wires itself for trust, empathy, learning, connection and participation. But if he or she is hungry and not fed, and stressed and not comforted, the brain wires itself for fear, disconnection and mistrust. It’s not just about economics. It’s about relationships: “Poor kids who have someone feeding them and interacting with them do well, and the well-to-do kids who don’t have this care do badly.”

Researchers can tell the difference in the brain wiring as early as 100 days. “And that fist 100-day period is predictive of where kids are going to be at 3 and 5 years”  (Halverson, 2017).

And at 50 years.

This has been forgotten by governments

There are dozens of charities with big budgets doing a great job of looking after the food, money and physical needs of families who need it.

And a growing number of organisations are increasingly taking an active role in providing infant mental health and relationship support in the first 100 days.

But the knowledge and skills for staff to do this, don’t just come out of thin air.

Baby in Mind is the only Australian organisation providing vital, evidence-based infant mental health promotion skills at the grass-roots. Our focus is on training. Rather than spending money on more services, we train health professionals and community workers who are already supporting families. We’re content to work behind the scenes where we can have the most sustainable impact.

We’ve been doing this for almost 25 years. And despite our programs being used in hundreds of community, government and small business settings, we don’t receive any government funding at all.

Your tax-deductible donation to child mental health is an investment

A donation involves giving money away to provide a program. Once the program is finished, your donation has finished its work.

But for us, we do things differently.

A donation to Baby in Mind is used to support training. As a result, your tax-deductible donation to child mental health is still having an impact, long after it has been used. Because we focus on training people who are already working with families, they will continue using these skills well into the future with more and more families. And because we start early in life this helps target your donation to the greatest possible long-term impact.

In other words, we’re not merely asking for a tax-deductible donation. Rather, a tax-deductible investment in the long-term health and well-being of our whole community.


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.

Start today for free!

Touch and Human Development

Infant Massage in Australia

Promoting Nurturing Parenting Through High-Quality Infant Massage Education

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