Infant Massage Classes
There are numerous benefits to engaging your baby with infant massage. Parents who wish to facilitate early psychological and sensory development in their infant will be able to participate in the Community Health Center of Branch County's (CHC) Parent-Infant Massage Classes, being offered by the OB department. Infant massage is a preventative program that provides a loving touch right from the start.
Ann Walters, RN & Certified Infant Massage Therapist will be on hand offering classes by appointment only. To set up an appointment, please contact Diane Swallow at 517-279-5408.
Registration is required as there is a limit of six babies per class and babies must be newborn to twelve months of age. Parents should be prepared to bring a soft blanket to lay your baby on, extra diapers, and normal baby gear such as a special toy. Stimulated babies may get hungry, so parents should be prepared to feed. It is also important to dress your baby in easy-to-remove clothing in order to massage.
Parent-Infant Massage can offer many critical elements of bonding between the parent and baby including eye contact, smiling, soothing vocal sounds, loving touch, caressing, smell, and mutual interaction. Studies have shown that bonding increases a parent's feeling of attachment as well as the desire to nurture and care for their infant.
If you are a parent with a newborn baby to twelve months old and interested in taking a Parent-Infant Massage Class, please contact Diane Swallow at 517-279-5408 to schedule. There is a fee of $10 and spaces in the classes are limited to six babies per class.