Purpose: "The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code."We address the medically fragile newborn’s critical tactile needs by working directly with their families and healthcare providers in hospital neonatal intensive care units, adoption and foster care agencies, and early intervention specialists to provide education, training to staff, program development, consulting and support for families. 


Prevent Physical and Verbal Abuse:  All babies’ cry, and use other forms non-verbal cues, to communicate their needs.  This can be very upsetting and frustrating for new parents.  We educate caregivers/parents about the reasons babies cry, the skills to understand the different meanings, and how to respond effectively.  Then, parents feel more confident in their ability to read baby’s cues, as they have the ability to soothe and meet baby’s needs.  Parents develop healthy self-esteem as baby responds, validating their skills and role as parents and increases the parent’s confidence to follow their intuitive sense.  In addition, the infant massage we teach also has reciprocal benefits to the parents giving the infant massage. The release of hormones in the mother wards off postpartum depression and provides a feeling to nurture the baby. Also, hormone reaction in the father makes him want to nurture his baby verses competing with him/her.  Studies show that when children are shown love, and feel they are loved and respected, they grow to be loving, respectful, and secure adults, which in turn can create a healthier more compassionate society.


Prevent Sexual Abuse: When teaching infant massage we always teach the caregiver or parent to ask permission first, and watch for the child’s non-verbal engagement cues, and not to proceed, but try later, if the child seems disengaged.  This is a great way to teach respect, and appropriate touch.  For if this child’s parents, the ones who love them most, ALWAYS ask first before touching, and are touching them with love and compassion….that child will then know instinctively, that when anyone else wants to touch them, they must always ask permission first, and what type of touch is appropriate.  Prevent School Shootings: Educating parents on how to create secure attachment bonds, and how to interact with their children and teaching them about the child’s need to play for proper brain development will prevent mental impairments in adulthood.  As, Stuart Brown said, “If you’re safe and well-fed, you play!” Who did research and got involved in study after the Charles Whitman case-Texas Tower Sniper.  His research showed absence of play in childhood was one of the key factors involved in this case and similar others, including convicted murderers and drunk drivers.  Playing in an unorganized fashion, unsupervised, helps kids figure out ability to work in unison, live under authority, and socialize in groups. (ie.Tag, chase-shift between power- chaser/chasee)Improve School Learning:  Learning infant massage and compassionate communication can increase the function of the child’s brain.  This has been proven in many evidenced-based research studies, like this one, a rat study by Dr. John D. Benjamin, from Colorado Medical School. He experimented with two groups of rats: one group supplied with same living conditions and food as the second group. The second group were caressed and cuddled by the investigator, while the 1st group was treated coldly.  The petted rats learned faster and grew faster!


Promote Optimal Growth, Development, and Bonding for the NICU Setting: Education about planning for conception, eating right and what is happening with babies in the womb will help prevent them from the need to go there in the first place.  Teaching caregivers and parents infant massage will help those babies thrive and grow faster, according to Tiffany Field’s research.


http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research


1986 Infant Massage Study:

•    9 week old Premature Newborns, weighed 2lbs each

•    Given massage 45 min./day, divided into three 15 minute periods, for 10 days

•    Main focus of massage was for weight gain


The Results:

•    Babies gained 47% more weight than the un-massaged babies even though they were fed the same formula. 

•    They were awake and active more of the time.

•    They were more alert and responsive to examiner’s face and voice

•    They scored higher on the Brazelton Scale

•    They were discharged from the hospital 6 days sooner

•    Savings of hospital costs were $3000, which today would be over $10,000, and would translate into about 4.7 billion/yr.

•    In a related study, besides the weight gain, it relieved postpartum depression for mother’s giving the massage.  


Better Birth Outcomes: We train Massage Doulas to provide continuous support for families during labor to enhance early bonding and attachment outcomes.  Numerous studies have documented the benefits of having a doula present during labor. A recent Cochrane Review, Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth, showed a very high number of positive birth outcomes when a doula was present. With the support of a doula, women were less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience. Other studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40% and requests for an epidural by 60%.  Doulas often use the power of touch and massage to reduce stress and anxiety during labor. According to physicians Marshal Klaus and John Kennell, massage helps stimulate the production of natural oxytocin. The pituitary gland secretes natural oxytocin to the bloodstream, causing uterine contractions, and to the brain, resulting in a feeling of well-being, drowsiness and higher pain threshold. By contrast, because synthetic IV oxytocin cannot cross into both the blood stream and the brain, it increases contractions without the positive psychological benefits of natural oxytocin. 


What We Do: Train and Certify Pediatric Massage Instructors and Early Bonding Specialists (CPMEB©): 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 massage and early bonding techniques for the newly conceived, the healthy newborn, adaptations for children as they grow, and injuries 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, 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 body 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. 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 to form secure attachment bonds.  This class is worth 25CE upon completion of day three of workshop.  The certification requires that a written and practical exam be passed, as well as a home study, including the teaching of three infant massage classes.  


Provide Parent/Baby Infant Massage Classes: Our graduates of the CPMEB/CIMEB programs have an externship requirement to teach families in need.  Single parents, shelters for homeless or battered women, or anyone without the financial means can be taught for free or low cost from one of our talented graduates awaiting certification in either a group class or one-on-one! Parents enjoy learning to massage their babies.  It promotes bonding and attachment.  A number of important elements help form the bond between parent and child. These include sharing eye-to-eye contact, skin-to-skin contact, facial expressions, soothing 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 an opportunity to chat with other parents and share their experiences. Learning infant massage helps parents have a focused one-on-one time with their baby. During infant massage classes, there are no "performance standards."  

Massage is done at the pace the babies are willing to accept. 

Just some of the many benefits:

•    Wards off postpartum depression

•    Relaxes child and helps to decrease stress for parent/caregiver and baby.

•    Relieves discomfort from constipation, gas, and colic.

•    Helps normalize muscle tone and improve blood circulation.

•    Helps baby sleep better (and, therefore, parents sleep better!).

•    Stimulates brain development and improves sensory awareness.

•    Babies cry less, as the parent is more responsive to babies’ cues.

•    Promotes bonding and attachment  


Pediatric Massage for the NICU and Medically Fragile; 2 Day Certification Worth-15CE; 1 Day seminar only worth 8CE 

Course Description: This is an advanced course for 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 hospital staff, NICU protocol, and specific adaptations for babies born early or with medical conditions.  Students will be able to help parents transition home and teach them additional infant massage techniques.Pre-requisite: Must have previously taken CPMEB course or be a medically trained professional that works in Pediatrics already.


Train and Certify Perinatal Massage Therapists: This advanced four day workshop will teach you the tools to work with women before, during, and after pregnancy.  Students will learn a set of techniques and standards to be used during pregnancy, labor and postpartum that explores the physiological, structural and emotional well-being of both the mother and her child.  Students will be able to understand and recognize contraindications, possible complications, and risk factors of pregnancy, comfort techniques for labor, and restoring musculature and postural integrity postpartum.  Early bonding in the womb is explained, as well as, events that can change the bonding during labor, the immediate hours after birth, and attachment issues postpartum.  Students will enjoy lots of hands-on practice with pregnant mother volunteers, a mock labor among peers, and postpartum restoration.The successful completion of a written, and practical exam, will be required for certification.     


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Host a Workshop: The Early Bonding Foundation is a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit for your tax deduction needs, and can offer CE-continuing education credit for most professions. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451668-11 and CA-BRN California Board of Registered Nursing CEP# 16373.     Most professions in the US accept the CE already approved by the CA-BRN for licensing boards!! Like: Nurses, Massage Therapists, Doula's, PT's, OT's, LCSW's, SLP’s and more! Check with your licensing board or organization to see if they accept the CE already approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses. 

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Vision

Through education and training of evidenced-based research, The Early Bonding Foundation will deliver techniques to decrease the potential for abuse and violence in society, to promote optimal growth, development, and bonding for all families including those with special needs (i.e. families from the NICU) and to promote improved birth outcomes and learning by training and Certifying Pediatric Massage Instructors and Early Bonding Specialists (CPMEB) and Certified Perinatal Massage Therapists.

Core Values


  • Teach respect, and appropriate touch
  • Teach ways to increase the function of the child's brain
  • Teach ways to provide continuous support for families during labor to enhance early bonding and attachment outcomes
  • Teach the necessary tools to empower families, while they learn to calm, connect and communicate with their child
  • ​Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitaion of all kinds of Abuse

A 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation

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