Sorry for the break in posting – March was a very busy month for me. I participated in as many child life-related things as possible including a Teddy Bear Clinic. It was super fun and I got to spend the whole day advocating and educating families on child life and I loved every second.
I was hoping to write a nice end-of-child-life-month post however I got very sick on Wednesday night and after a long and tiring couple of days, I am finally (I think) almost 100% better.
Now, to what I really wanted to tell you all about!
This weekend I became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and I am super excited to start sharing these services and this skill with everyone! As child life specialists and students, we know that infants are a hugely marginalized population in hospitals. What people often forget is that infants – especially preterm babies – feel pain, fear, and anxiety just like older children do. One of the major differences is that babies are unable to verbally (i.e. with words) communicate these emotions. What they can do is cry and show us emotions in other ways and it is important that as health care professionals we are attuned to noticing and paying attention to these things. Not only that, but it is important that we teach new parents how to notice and pay attention to these things as well.
This weekend I have learned the ins and outs of infant massage and how to incorporate it in to a hospital setting which I am hoping I will be able to do one day. Until then, I am hoping to spread the skills to families in my community who are looking for a special, fun, and unique way to promote growth and development and ultimately bond with their little one.
With all that said, I hope everyone has had a great weekend!
If you would like more information on infant massage click here. If you are in southern Ontario and wish to be certified please send me an email and I would be happy to pass along some information on how you can become certified as well! 🙂