serving thousands since 1992
Do you love babies? Would you like to build a rewarding career helping families? Do you work in the birthing field and need to acquire continuing education hours to maintain your license? Are you looking for a boutique style, more personal type of educational experience? If the answer is yes to all or even to one, then you are in the right place!
Baby’s First Massage® Mission Statement
Baby’s First Massage® is an innovative, research-based newborn massage training program that is readily comprehended and simple to implement. Our goal is to train qualified professionals how to teach parents or caregivers listening and sensitive touch skills in order to empower them to create a strong family foundation of love, esteem, and respect.
How We Accomplish Our Mission:
We help new parents worldwide learn how to massage their babies as soon after birth as possible. We train and certify instructors (including but not limited to: allied health professionals, breastfeeding educators, doulas, massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists and yoga instructors) to teach a Baby’s First Massage® newborn massage class to parent and caregivers. We connect parents to certified teachers and offer educational products for both parents and instructors
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BFM is implemented and used in many NICU's, hospitals, clinics and massage practices across the country.
Contributed Quotes and Thoughts about our program:
"Stroking your baby is one of the most natural things to do as a parent and is the first form of communication a baby experiences as an embryo developing inside the uterus. The skin is the first organ to develop and touch is the first sense to develop. You will come to understand that massage feels good to the hands (and heart) of the person doing the strokes. When we touch, we are touched; and when we pay attention in a soft and easy way, we begin to make little miracles happen... we learn to love."
-Teresa Kirkpatrick Ramsey, BSN, LMT,
BFM Program Founder & Author
"Infant massage allows parents and infants
a unique opportunity to communicate
love, acceptance, compassion and joy
through gentle touch. It is the essence
of nurturing parenting."
-Stephen Bavolek, Ph.D, Psychologist
President, Family Development Resources, Inc.
"Experience Joy & Bliss when you massage your newborn baby."
– Deepak Chopra, MD
"We know now that infant massage helps growth & development. Babies who are massaged gain more weight, they sleep better, they are less irritable, they are more responsive, they have better interactions with their parents and they show superior mental and motor development. The lovely photos in “Baby’s First Massage” show you how simple it can be and how much baby can enjoy being massaged."
-Tiffany Field, PhD.
Touch Research Institute
"The massage techniques outlined in this booklet offer the potential for dealing with colic and irritability in a non-pharmacologic way. In addition to affording a safe and satisfying intervention for these behaviors, infant massage is proactive in nature: strengthening the bond between parent and child by increasing the parent’s awareness of their child’s emotional
and physical state of being, as well as
providing the physiological stimuli necessary
for neurologic and emotional development."
-David Franz, M.D.
"Gentle, caring touch is a gift we are all capable of giving our children. Every baby accepts this gift in a unique way. It is a joy to participate in this special interaction as he or she develops throughout infancy and childhood."
-Mary Gengler Fuhr, OTR/L
Trainer and Program Developer for
“Infant Massage With The Handicapped Infant”
"Every birth is an opportunity for two human beings to begin a closeness that will last
a lifetime. Massaging your baby is a very
special way to let your baby know he or she
is safe, loved, and understood. A daily massage lays the foundation for a lifetime
of self esteem for your baby, and good communication between the two of you."
Founder, The International Association of Infant Massage Instructors
Author of: Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents
"How does a newborn baby know the difference between a person who loves them and one who does not? Probably through a combination of conditions. First, almost certainly through the manner in which they are held, the messages received through the skin; the first language of communication through the joint-muscle senses, through eye-to-eye contact, through the sound of the voice, facial expression, and the like."
-Ashley Montagu, Ph.D.
Anthropologist Growing Young, Bergin & Garvey
Author of: Touching
At Baby's First Massage® we are
passionate about developing a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We proudly have a diverse clientele and students from all walks of life so that we can grow and learn from one another. It is our promise to you that our team will provide the very best to you regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, mental health or physical disability status.
"As parents and as professionals our hands speak a very special love language. They say "You are safe, You are important, and You are cared for".
Come along on this journey with us to learn how you can share the benefits of baby massage and how the power of touch can make a positive impact in the lives of families all around the world."
CEO & Facilitator of
Baby's First Massage®
Headquarters in Youngstown Ohio