Certified Infant Massage and Early Bonding Specialist (CIMEB)-NICU/Medically Fragile
Curriculum This is an advanced certification course for Hospital Staff, or for Certified Pediatric/Infant Massage Instructors who have not previously been trained in the NICU or Medically Fragile babies. This course will teach you the specific contraindications and medical concerns of the premature or ill newborn. Evidenced-based research is covered to validate the necessity of infant massage in helping this population grow and thrive. Students will be able to help NICU parents with observing, communicating, and bonding with their infants through nurturing touch. Students will also learn how to work with other hospital staff, parents in the NICU, NICU protocol, and specific adaptations for babies born early or with medical conditions. Students will be able to identify the different behavioral states, and read baby’s cues, as well as, the different types of cries communicated and meaning behind non-verbal body language. We will also cover transitions for special needs, including Autism, Down’s syndrome, hearing and visual impairments, adoption and fostering issues. Students will be able to help parents transition home and teach them additional infant massage techniques.
At Home or Group Classes
Parents enjoy learning to massage their babies. It promotes bonding and attachment. A number of important elements help to form the bond between parent and child. These include sharing eye-to-eye and skin-to-skin contact, facial expressions, sounds, cuddling, and smell. Infant massage incorporates these critical elements of bonding and provides a special time that fosters mutual love, compassion, and respect. Additionally, parents have a focused one-on-one time with their baby. During infant massage there are no "performance standards". Massage is done at the pace the babies are willing to accept.
Just some of the many benefits include:
Certified Pediatric Massage and Early Bonding Specialist (CPMEB)
Curriculum: This comprehensive 3 day workshop will teach you the necessary tools to empower families, while they learn to calm, connect and communicate with their child, in individual or group classes. We will cover infant and pediatric massage and early bonding techniques for the newly conceived, the health newborn, adaptations for children as they grow, and issues relating to school-aged children. We will also cover transitions for special needs, including Autism, Down's Syndrome, hearing and visual impairments, babies born early, NICU/medically fragile, adoption and fostering issues. Students will be able to identify the different behavioral states, and read baby's cues, as well as, the different types of cries communicated and meaning behind non-verbal language. Students will be able to help parents with issues like colic, constipation, teething, chest congestion and asthma. Students will learn supportive techniques such as how to swaddle, use of white noise, and an introduction to energy techniques such as Reiki and Cranial Sacral. You will also learn the intelligence of playing and how music and games can be added to help parents and babies learn from each other. Current evidenced-based research on growth and brain development is always included along with current touch research.
PARENTING SKILLS AND TOUCH THERAPY
The Early Bonding Foundation