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Infant Massage Class

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
Mar
20
Wed
Mar 20, 2019
Wednesday
6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
AHC - Willow Grove, Willowood Bldg
Willow Grove, PA

1 Alternative Date Available

Infant Massage Class is also offered...

May
13
Mon
Monday
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
AHC - Willow Grove, Willowood Bldg
Willow Grove, PA
Registration Open

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

If you are attending and bringing your newborn to class, please bring a thick baby blanket and crescent shaped baby "Boppy" style pillow. This class is held in our Willowood Building at 2510 Maryland Road. Parking is free at Willowood.

If you would to attend this class before your baby is born, we can provide a newborn sized doll for the return demonstrations. You will have the book to refer to after your baby arrives. If you would like to attend prenatally and find a refresher after your birth would be beneficial, please e-mail our Lead Childbirth Instructor to attend a refresher without an additional fee.

If you have any questions, please e-mail our Lead Childbirth Instructor, Amy, at Amy.Goldberg@Jefferson.edu

Fees & Payment

Promo Code: InfantMassage5off at checkout saves you $5 on the class fee

Description

Infant Massage offers benefits for both the baby and parents.'

You can attend this class before the birth to be prepared to offer the massage to your newborn. We will provide a newborn doll during class to practice the massage if you attend prenatally.

Parents who have attended our class have shared the following feedback:

"I am so grateful that his class is offered. I took the class before our baby was born and we started massage in the hospital- just a few gentle strokes. My husband loved having something he could do that was specific to helping him bond with our child. I am so glad we took the massage class."

"Highly recommend for all new parents! Our friend told us about all of the classes you offer and I think we took all of them- I wanted to be prepared for our baby to come home. The massage class provided so many little tips that we would not be aware of but use now. So glad we took this class. The book is great, too!"

"With my first baby I had a tough time finding something to soothe her gas and she hated tummy time. I took Infant Massage before our second baby and kept thinking 'I wish I knew about this with our first!' I even have his 4 year old sister helping with some of the massage during tummy time."

"This class was mentioned in our Breastfeeding class. My husband suggested he would like to attend to learn how to soothe our baby to allow me to rest in between feedings. He truly appreciates having something special that he can offer our baby."

"I tried to watch a few online videos to learn massage. I felt like I was still unsure of how to properly massage our baby. We took the class and it was excellent! The book helped us when we were home as a review."

Benefits  for babies may include:

• Improves general well-being
• Improves overall functioning of the gastrointestinal tract
• Promotes relaxation and helps babies self-regulate calm, which reduces crying
• Helps to normalize muscle tone
• Improves circulation
• Enhances immune system function
• Improves midline orientation
• Helps to improve sensory and body awareness
• Enhances neurological development
• Helps baby/child to sleep deeper and more soundly
• Helps to increase oxygen and nutrient flow to cells. Improves respiration
• Helps to improve pain management; can relieve discomfort from teething,

• Helps with congestion, gas, and colic
• Enhances release of hormones in the body. The growth hormone can be stimulated which  can help with weight gain.
• Reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone
• Provides all of the essential indicators of intimate parent-infant bonding and attachment: eye-to-eye, touch, voice, smell, movement, and thermal regulation.
• Stimulates all of the physiological systems. Massage sparks the neurons in their brains to grow and branch out to encompass other neurons

Benefits for parents who massage their babies may include:

• Provides all of the essential indicators of intimate parent-infant bonding and attachment: eye-to-eye, touch, voice, smell, movement, and thermal regulation.
• Encourages pre-verbal communication between caregiver and infant
• Helps parents feel more confident in caring for their children
• Helps parents to ease their stress if they are a working parent and must be separated from their children for extended periods during the day
• Provides parents with one-on-one quiet time or interactive play with their children
• Creates a regular time of closeness and bonding between parent and child.
• Increases parents' self-esteem by reinforcing and enhancing their skills as parents, and validates their role
• Gives parents the tools for understanding their child's unique rhythms and patterns
• Teaches parents how to read their infants' cues and recognize their states of awareness
• Gives parents a special way to interact with their children who may be hospitalized. Helps parents feel a greater part of the healing process
• Daily massage helps parents to unwind and relax
• Provides a positive way for fathers, partners and other caregivers to interact with their infants/children

• Promotes social and emotional development furthering self-awareness and self-regulation

During this class parents will view an instructional video, review of techniques with hands on practice and receive a book for to take home.

A sample of a commonly used massage oil is provided to use in class.

If you are attending after the birth of your baby, please bring several baby blankets and a crescent shaped nursing pillow to support the baby during the massage. Taught by an RN certified in Infant Massage, we are pleased to present this class for you and your baby.

Please note- when registering for this class, the fee is per couple. You need only register the expectant mothers name. Grandparents are welcome. Older siblings may also enjoy attending.

Our class fees are based on one book/set of handouts per registration. 

If you have any questions about any of our classes or groups, please e-mail our Lead Childbirth Educator, Amy, at Amy.Goldberg@Jefferson.edu

Schedule & Location

Schedule

Date Time Location
1. Wed, March 20 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM AHC - Willow Grove, Willowood Bldg

Location Details

  • AHC - Willow Grove, Willowood Bldg
    2510 Maryland Road
    1st Floor
    Willow Grove, PA 19090