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.
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.
offers online courses specifically for people working to support
early parent-baby relationships and infant mental health development.
Each year, our educators work with an estimated 35,000 families in Australia to provide the First Touch Program and support parent-infant interactions. Since July 2016 we’ve started collecting data and feedback from some of those families about the impact the program has had on them. Over the past three months, this data has revealed a worrying trend, with 40% of parents completing the survey tool so far stating that they are battling feelings of significant isolation and loneliness. Without support or opportunities to find and build connections, isolation can wreak havoc with a new parent’s mental health.
Perhaps also worrying is that 60% of parents completing the First Touch Program with our educators say that the program was “far more useful” than other supports that they have received as a new parent. While that is positive feedback for our educators and our program as a whole, it does continue to highlight the gaps in the government and social care systems that are available to all families.
The data collection is in early days yest, so these trends may yet change as more data is gathered.
An Australian children’s charity is today warning health workers and volunteers to be wary of organisations targeting them to participate in “outreach” holidays to developing communities, in order to help with daily care – and particularly massage – of children and babies in orphanages. Read More