training for professionalsBABY'S FIRST MASSAGE®

the how...





Welcome perspective Baby’s First Massage® Instructors!


We train qualified professionals how to utilize The Baby's First Massage® Program to help parents and caregivers understand the powerful dynamics of Listening Touch (tm), how to perform gentle newborn massage techniques that help with rest, digestion, and elimination, how to recognize baby time out cues, how to interpret various cries, and how to comfort a newborn.


Through our proven, research-based program, doulas, early intervention specialists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and massage therapists across the country have been trained to provide newborn massage through direct care in a hospital or medical setting, or by leading classes in their private practices, small businesses, and studios.


What makes our program & TRAINING unique?

Baby's First Massage® was one of the first innovative, research-based, newborn massage training programs that was supported by the medical community. It was originally developed in 1989 - 1991, in a Dayton OH NICU, Level II Nursery by Teresa Kirkpatrick Ramsey, BSN, LMT, Author, along with an esteemed medical team. There was nothing like it to offer families with newborns nor medically stable infants in the NICU. Our program has stood the test of time and continues to be implemented in medical facilities as well as in private practices and studios.


We have a proven history of the success and positive outcomes of teaching thousands of professionals newborn massage since 1992.


The Baby's First Massage® Program is where you should begin if you work with perinatal clients, newborns, and their families. You will learn the 15 step newborn massage routine, newborn behaviors, and calming techniques. We know that infants have unique physiological needs and limitations, and we tailor our training to accommodate individual babies.


We offer a boutique, more personal style of learning. Our goal is to provide you with an enjoyable educational experience that you'll cherish forever and one that you'll actually implement.


​"A new baby is like the beginning of all things

-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."

~Eda J. Le Shan






Early Intervention Specialists


Massage Therapists


LPN's & RN's


Occupational Therapists


Physical Therapists







Lactation Specialists


Newborn Care Specialists


Prenatal Yoga Instructors



We have proudly been approved with the esteemed organizations below. Each hold the highest standard of requirements that must be met to be approved and must be maintained in order to renew. We gladly complete the process at each renewal date for your continuing education needs. The current expiration dates are shown below.


Please be advised it is each students responsibility to ensure that their state and licensing organization accept credits from these organizations. Please confirm before purchasing the home study program as we do not offer refunds on the programs that have immediate online access.



This professional continuing education activity for licensed massage therapists has been approved with The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Provider #1000684

Exp: 1/19/2025

10 ce hrs



NY RESIDENTS ONLY: LMT's: You can still be certified but will not receive ceu hours through the home study or in person workshops due to The NY Board overseeing massage therapy and does not approve ceu courses in the "teaching" category. Even though massage strokes may be performed on the baby by the instructor, this program also teaches you how to instruct parents and caregivers how to perform the strokes therefore putting us the teaching category.



This continuing education activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an Ohio Board approver.


Exp: 7/1/2026

12 contact hrs


DOULA'S needing ce hrs with DONA

Dona approves continuing education activity that has been approved by a nursing board and we have been approved by ONA.

Exp: 7/1/2026

12 contact hrs


OHIO EIDS & EI Supervisors

This continuing professional development activity for EIDS early intervention specialists and EI supervisors has been approved by DODD, Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). Not approved for EISC.

Approval #2200770-1

Exp: 9/22/2024

10.5 CPD units / hrs


Occupational Therapists

This professional continuing education activity for occupational therapists has been approved by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board (OTPTAT).

Approval #230119

Exp: 5/18/2025

10 contact hrs


Physical Therapists

This professional continuing education activity for physical therapists has been approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA).

Approval #24S2152

Exp: 5/1/2025

10 contact hrs


As a reminder, some of the above accrediting organizations are in Ohio. It is each students responsibility to ensure that their state and licensing organization accept ceu credits from these organizations. Please confirm before purchasing the home study program as we do not offer refunds on the programs that have immediate online access.





OPTION I : Independent Home Study


OPTION II : Refresher Course


OPTION III : In Person Workshops




The home study PROGRAM

Ideal for Students who cannot travel to a workshop. You will have engagement with the BFM team and will not be left to figure out the program alone. All of our trainings include email, phone, and zoom assistance as needed.



+ shipping & tax where applicable





We only serve a limited number of students each month so that we can give our full attention to each participant. If the status is marked closed (sold out) we do list the next open enrollment date. If current students complete the their training sooner than projected we will open sooner so be sure to check back weekly. Enrollment seats go quickly, don't miss out.



• Online Learning & Testing Platform

• Receive Log In within 24hrs of Purchase



• Printed Instructor Training Manual

• Printed Copy of the Exam

• Practice Class Supplies

• Your Choice of Demonstration Doll



+ Discounts for CNMI's Supplies



To successfully complete The Baby’s First Massage® Independent Home Study Program students must:

1. Read entire manual

2. Watch online program videos

3. Complete online exam; achieving passing score of 80% or better

4. Create a class outline & host 4 practice classes

5. Submit all forms via the provided online links

6. Complete a program conclusion phone call with one of our team members



• Digital BFM CNMI Certificate

• Digital Certificate of ceu, contact, or cpd hours earned






This option is only for our beloved BFM C.N.M.I.'s whose lives got busy and had to push the pause button but are ready to begin again.



+ shipping & tax where applicable





We understand that life gets busy and you may have had to stop teaching for a while, decades even. We would love to help you refresh your memory and also share changes to the program since you last trained. We only serve a limited number of new and previous students each month so that we can give our full attention to each participant. If the status is marked closed (sold out) we do list the next open enrollment date. If current students complete the their training sooner than projected we will open sooner so be sure to check back weekly.


Enrollment seats go quickly, don't miss out.


You will receive everything listed in the above Home Study Program along with being upgraded to receive 10 class companion booklets. We have given a courtesy discount because you have purchased the program in the past. You will have the option to retest and earn CE hours or you can forego testing or earning ce hours and simply freshen up by reviewing all of the new program materials.


If you were certified between 1992-2018 this course will benefit you and is discounted especially for you.






Ideal for individuals who enjoy networking

with like minded professionals


For those who are building a business or

need help with their current business






This option combines the home study program with a full day of in person training for those who want an elevated experience that includes: reviewing key information from the program, role playing the massage routine, guidance on how to lead individual and group classes, learning how to modify a class with older babies, complete practice classes, learn business development and marketing skills as well as being able to network and ask questions in person. Qualified professionals will receive the same number of ce/contact/cpd hours as seen above in the home study program details.


You will begin by receiving the home study log in information and kit. You will bring your paperwork and doll to the workshop and we will complete all of the program testing steps together: taking & grading the exam, participating in (4) practice classes, and filling out evaluations. You will be able to complete everything needed for your certification and ce/contact/cpd hours by the end of this training.


In person workshops are exhilarating. There is something special that happens when you are in a group with others who share the same passion. We provide a boutique style learning environment that is personal to each learner. We believe in a mutual exchange of respect. You are investing in our business and we are invested in your growth by providing a welcoming and supportive environment for you to learn and flourish in.


We are not successful if You are not successful


We sell out fast. Be sure to check back as we will open up a workshop sooner if possible.


Click here to be added to the waiting list so you are notified before the general public to secure your spot.



2024 Dates




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Hotel Leveque Autograph Collection







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Hotel Waldorf Astoria







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Our Canfield Oh Studio

with hotel accommodations

across the street from us



















Don't see your desired location? If you have a group of at least 16 attendees we will gladly travel to your location. Pricing varies based on location. Inquire for details:





Meet & Greet

Review of:

BFM Founder & History

Key Points of Training

(short break)


The BFM Routine

(lunch break)


Complete & Grade Exams

Complete Practice Classes & Evaluations

(short break)


How to offer Individual Classes

How to offer Group Classes

How to offer Zoom Classes

How to adjust classes with older Babies

(short break)


Setting Boundaries in Business

Business Development

Cultivating DEI in the Workplace

Review Marketing Tools

Complete Course Evaluation

(short break)


Q & A




Kindly note: If you purchased The Home Study Program within a year of wanting to sign up for an in person workshop, ask us for the coupon discount code before making your purchase:


Health care facilitators: The above workshops best serve those in business. We have half day workshops at a reduced rate tailored to medical professionals that excludes the business building aspect and focuses more on direct patient care. If you have a group of 7 or more employees and would like an onsite workshop inquire for more details:





• Interpreting early newborn communications


• Interpreting newborn cries and what they mean


• How to easily comfort a newborn

• Understanding touch as a powerful means of communication

• Modulating touch to nurture the newborn

• Understanding an infant's parasympathetic nervous system


• Identifying the benefits and contraindications of newborn massage

• Identifying current research to support infant massage


• The 15 step Baby's First Massage® routine


• How to share the Baby's First Massage® routine with parents


• How to develop and market your new skill or create an entire business with it


• And Much More!






If I have questions during the home study program will anyone answer my questions?
Absolutely! We are available via email most every day except holidays: and by phone: 1.877.955.6262 #4


9a-5p EST


Can I enroll in the home study program or attend an in person workshop even if I don't need ce/contact hours?
Yes! Be advised the cost is the same whether or not you are receiving ce/contact hours.


Do I have to pay sales tax on The Home Study Program?

Only Ohio residents are required to pay sales tax on the course. The Ohio Department of Taxation requires businesses in Mahoning County to collect and remit 7.50% sales tax on all "self paced online educational learning programs" for all sales made to Ohio residents. Live (online or in person) courses are not taxed. If your hospital or organization has a tax exempt status contact us prior to purchasing as we must have your tax exempt form on file.


What happens after I purchase the home study program?
You will receive an email with the log in information to the online learning platform within 24 hrs of making the purchase. You will begin reading the material and advancing through each module. We will ship the doll you chose at checkout, a printed manual, printed exam, and all supplies for hosting your practice classes within 3-5 business days and will send you a tracking number .


Do I have to complete the home study program within a specific time frame?

No, this is a self paced program. While your purchase will never expire it is suggested to complete the program within one year of the purchase date. We update the manual and materials with each board renewal time so if you have waited more than year to complete it, you will need to check if you have the most current information. If more than a year had passed there pay be a small fee to purchase the latest printed material. You will always have access to the online platform with the most current information.


How long does it take to complete the home study program from start to completion?
Overall: 20-50 hrs. The average time reading and reviewing the Baby's First Massage® Home Study Program material and videos is approximately 18-20 hours. The exam will take about an hour to answer and transfer the answers to the online form. You should plan on spending 90 mins with each practice class you host. When you are developing a new skill it takes practice to build your confidence. You should spend additional time practicing with family and friends or even with yourself speaking your class information out loud before adding this new skill to your private practice. If you are developing an entirely new business it's going to take weeks to months getting everything ready but we are here to help you!


After I've read all the material. What is the testing process like to become certified?

1. You must pass the post test with a score of 80% or greater: the test is comprised of multiple choice and fill in the blank questions. You receive a printed copy of the exam in your shipment but you will complete it online.


2. You will prepare a class outline and host (3) Baby’s First Massage® Newborn Massage practice classes for parents or caregivers and will transfer it for review online.


3. You will have your BFM participants fill out evaluation forms and will transfer the information online for review.


4. You will complete an online form to evaluate our program. Lastly, you will complete a program conclusion phone call with a Baby's First Massage® team member who will review your test, submitted information, welcome you and answer any questions you have.


How long does it take to receive my BFM CNMI certificate?
Once you complete the entire testing process, we will email a digital copy (that can be printed) within 24-72 hrs. Holiday's may affect these time frames.


How long does it take to receive the digital certificate showing ce hours earned as approved by the boards above?
Once you complete the entire testing process, we will email a digital copy (that can be printed) within 24-72 hrs. Holiday's may affect these time frames.






Does the workshop cost include an overnight hotel stay?

No, the workshop cost does not include a hotel stay. Cites were chosen due to the interest of local professionals who are attending in their home town or within driving distance. For those who are traveling to the location you are responsible for your own overnight hotel accommodations.


Does the workshop cost include refreshments and lunch?

We provide refreshments and snacks upon arrival and throughout the day. You will be responsible for your lunch. There are many options within close walking distance and most of the hotels have dining and starbucks within them.


I live local, can I go home for lunch and return after?

Absolutely! This is your training workshop to attend and participate however serves you best.


What is the in person workshop group size?

We provide an intimate workshop setting. We try to limit attendees to a maximum of 16 unless otherwise stated. We will break into 4 groups of (4) during the practice classes.


I have anxiety speaking in a group, will I have to?

Absolutely not. We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere. We do have everyone introduce themselves but if you prefer we'll introduce you so you don't have to stand or speak in front of the group.


Will I receive additional ce hours for attending The In Person Workshop?
No, you will receive the same number of hours as seen in the home study details above. The in person workshop is to help you better understand the material, participate in a demonstration class, help build your confidence in teaching, to network with others in the program, and ask questions specific to your business needs.


What happens after I purchase the combo in person workshop?
You will receive an email with the log in information to the online learning platform within 24 hrs of making the purchase. You will prepare for the workshop by reading all of the information at home and we will review all the key points in person. You are not required to complete the home study exam or testing steps before the workshop date. We will do that together at the workshop. We will ship the doll you chose at checkout, a printed manual, printed exam and all of the supplies you'll bring to the workshop.






Who can I share a Baby's First Massage Class® with?

Anyone who is preparing for or has recently welcomed a newborn

• Parents

• Foster parents

• All family members

• Prenatal women & families


What type of Baby's First Massage Class® can I lead?

• An individual class

• A group class

• A series of classes


Where can I offer a Baby's First Massage Class®?

• Community centers

• Doctor's offices

• Doulas offices

• Hospitals & Birthing centers

• In Home Visits

• Lactation & Breastfeeding Educator practices

• Private Massage Practices

• Mommy & Me classes

• Yoga centers or spas

•Virtually: Live Zoom


Do you sell supplies that will help me lead a Baby's First Massage Class®?

Yes and we keep pricing as low as possible to support you.


I became a Baby's First Massage® Certified Newborn Massage Instructor many years ago and would like to get acquainted with the program updates. Do you have a refresher course?

Yes we do have a refresher course! See above.


When I lead a Baby's First Massage Class® will I be massaging the baby?

In a non-medical setting: Yes and No. The goal of the class is to help parents learn how to perform the massage so they can confidently continue massaging their baby daily at home. While you may end up demonstrating strokes on the baby for parents to better grasp the technique, you will be primarily demonstrating strokes on a doll for parents to see and giving them guidance as they perform the strokes on their baby. You will give them feedback and encouragement. This not only helps the parents gain confidence but provides a bonding experience for them both.


In a medical setting: As part of a medical care team, such as a nurse, occupational, physical, or massage therapist, you may providing direct clinical touch to newborn patients as approved by the medical care plan team. You may also share Baby's First Massage® bedside if working on the postpartum floor, birthing center, or with parents in the NICU.


Is The Baby’s First Massage® Program the same course work and routine as other infant & baby massage training?
No, The Baby's First Massage® Program, medically developed in 1989, implemented since 1992, is one of the original programs that is a research based program approved for the newborn stage (days 1-28) and beyond. Our program is safe to use from the first day a baby is born and beyond. It can be shared with any age group. Newborn massage is gentler and meant to get parents started massaging their newborn as soon after birth as possible. Growing Baby & Toddler Massage is too stimulating for most newborns and is only appropriate after 5-6 weeks of age (with baby born full-term) and longer if the baby was premature. Our program is ideal for those working in the birth field or those who work closely with clients/patients during the perinatal time. We encourage taking additional training when wanting to expand your knowledge base and techniques for older babies and toddlers.



Q & A


Can I share information I've learned on my social media accounts or websites to advertise my business?

You may share snippets of the program information to advertise. You may not share the entire massage routine. You may share portions of a step such as a video clip snippet or image you working with a client. You may share the benefits and contraindications of newborn massage. We give you tips within the program of advertising ideas for tiktok, IG, FB, pinterest and other popular social media platforms. If you have any questions about how you can use the information to advertise contact us for clarification prior to purchasing:


Can I teach workshops using my training materials from Baby's Massage Program to certify or train others?

No, this is strictly prohibited. All material is copyright and trademark protected.


Can I teach The Baby's Massage® information to other professionals so they can use a portion or all of the class information in their businesses too?
No, this is strictly prohibited. All material is copyright and trademark protected. Each sale is for one individual only, it is not for group use. If you know of someone who could benefit from taking the course so that they may implement it in their business, you can suggest they sign up for the home study program or take an in person workshop. We have an affiliate program where you can to earn money for referrals. Click here to inquire for details.


Can I copy information from the manual, class companion booklets, or videos and use it to teach or create materials to sell or share for free?
No, this is strictly prohibited. All rights reserved. This program is copyright protected and trademarked. No part of the manual, class companion booklet, gift booklet, videos or any materials may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photographing, photocopying, recording, or by any informational storage or retrieval system without permission in writing from us. Unfortunately we have had violators copy and print class materials. This is disheartening because class supplies were not created for us to profit, they are to help you, and we sell them at cost. Please respect our hard work and the integrity of the program by not violating our copyright and trademark terms.


Is there a refund policy?

Students will have access to the entire program online therefore refunds cannot be issued. In the case of an emergency, 100% refunds are given and can only be issued to the original credit card used at the time of purchase.


We are happy to share that the Baby's First Massage Program® has been taught since 1992 and there have never been any student complaints.


Financial Relationship Statement
Baby’s First Massage® does not have any relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company, ie: whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. No one with the ability to control content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.





1.877.955.6262 #4

Headquarters in Youngstown Ohio