Infant massage

Dear Editor:I am writing in regards to the article published two weeks ago entitled, "Consider Training in Infant Massage" by Rita Shertick, RN. I was very excited to see the emphasis placed on nurturing touch as promoted by a recently trained individual who seems impassioned by her newfound knowledge. The Exchange Club Family Support Center in Downey shares this passion alongside Nurse Shertick, as the Exchange Club Center has provided Infant Massage training to parents and caregivers in the community for four years. As a bilingual English-Spanish speaking Certified Infant Massage Instructor I have trained teen parents, mothers suffering from postpartum depression, single- and two-parent families, foster care providers and adoptive parents. From increased weight gain of premature babies, enhanced bonding with adoptive parents to a greater knowledge of the infant's basic cues, our families have reported their learning experiences as unique and valuable as well as how benefits continue into early childhood. Massage classes are provided in three- to five-week sessions depending on birth circumstances and infants born with special needs. Private sessions are also available. The Center does request an affordable donation to offset the cost of the training however we do not turn anyone away for lack of funds. The Exchange Club Family Support Center is a non-profit agency that has been proudly providing services to the community for more than 20 years. Please contact the Center at (562) 904-9590 for more information, as classes are held throughout the year. Anabel Weekley-Lima Case Manager/Certified Infant Massage Instructor

********** Published: September 20, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 23