Nurturing baby massage

Baby Nurture

Most new mothers have not had the experience of caring for a newborn until they have their own. Birthlight has designed a special kit to equip new mothers with skills to respond to their new babies in positive and enjoyable ways. Very simple instructions to adapt posture and ways of holding babies can make all the difference. Birthlight offers well-tried practices that help mothers to nurture themselves and their newborns over what can be the most wonderful time they have together. Whether pregnancy has been easy or not, the early weeks and months create a foundation that has far reaching benefits for parents and children later in life. For this reason, birthlight has given special attention to very early nurturing practices.
   
Françoise Freedman the founder of birthlight has been greatly influenced by the nurturing rituals that new mothers and also new fathers experience in the Amazon rainforest. In parts of the world where postnatal traditions are still respected, there is also a need to adapt them to a modern lifestyle. 

Birthlight practices for mother and baby nurture include:

  • Relaxed holds
  • Active bonding through infant feeding
  • Baby massage (clothed massage, dry massage, full body massage, therapeutic touch)
  • Positive holds (for crying babies or babies who do not sleep)
  • Emotional awareness and positive use of voice in mother baby talk
  • Napping techniques to compensate for mother’s lack of sleep
  • Access to deep rest to overcome fatigue
  • Walking relaxation steps with baby

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