Infant Massage Therapist Mount Vernon WA

To do an infant massage, choose a time when your baby is well fed and rested. Put a towel in a quiet room for the baby to lie on, choose a natural oil such as coconut, almond, or avocado, and play relaxing music. Assess the baby’s receptivity by observing her response to your touch.

Seth P Cowan
(360) 336-5658
916 S. 3rd St.
Mount Vernon, WA
Company
Skagit Natural Family Medicine
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Gary A Bachman
(360) 424-3460
410 Commercial St #5
Mt Vernon, WA
Company
Skagit Naturopathic Clinic
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Mount Baker Planned Parenthood
(360) 848-1744
900 E College Way Ste 130
Mount Vernon, WA
Industry
Doula

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Dianna Mincin, ICCE
(360) 424-7847
600 N 4th Street
Mount Vernon, WA
Payment
Accepted Payment Methods: Self Payment, Private Health Insurance, Other Public Health Insurance
Payment Assistance: Payment Arrangements
Average Fee: $120 (Childbirth classes); $250-$750 (Doula services)
Certifications & Memberships
Certifications: CD (Certified Doula), CCE (Certified Childbirth Educator), LPN(Licensed Practical Nurse), CLE(Certified Lactation Educator)
Memberships: DONA International, International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), Lamaze International, Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS)
Services Offered
Childbirth Classes, Family Planning, Home Birth, Parenting Classes, Postpartum Care, Pre-Conception Care, Prenatal Care, Water Birth

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Island Hospital
(360) 299-1300
1211 24th St
Anacortes, WA
Industry
Doula, Osteopath (DO), Physical Therapist, Registered Nurse

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Kimberly Gilmore
(360) 336-5658
916 South 3rd St
Mount Vernon, WA
Company
Skagit Natural Family Medicine
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

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Alethea Fleming
(360) 630-3022
1015 6th St.
Anacortes, WA
Company
Vital Aging Clinic
Industry
Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Men's Health, Hypertension, GERD, Heart Disease

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, Physical Medicine, Geriatrics
Insurance
Receipt provided for reimbursement
Professional Affiliations
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians

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Pregnancy Choices
(800) 862-4777
617 W Division St
Mount Vernon, WA
Industry
Doula

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Partners for Pregnancy
(360) 421-2233
913 CALKIN PL
Sedro Woolley, WA
Industry
Doula

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Prenatal Care Center
(360) 293-6973
2601 M Ave
Anacortes, WA
Industry
Doula, Osteopath (DO)

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Massage to Soothe Your Cranky Baby

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Empirical research suggests our appreciation of massage starts early—as tastes go, it’s one that needs little acquiring. That’s certainly the message behind the growing trend of infant massage, where mothers and fathers (and sometimes caretakers) bond with their wee ones through loving touch and improve their overall health. Parents, nurses, and doctors say that massage helps babies grow better, improves digestion, and eases colic. Studies conducted at the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine show that infant massage facilitates weight gain in preterm infants, decreases babies’ level of stress hormones, and balances out their sleep/wake cycle. “Nurturing touch is important for children’s physical, social, behavioral, mental, and cognitive development,” says Linda Garofallou, an infant and pediatric massage therapist at Children’s Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. She gives infant massage to patients and also trains others in the technique.

To do an infant massage, choose a time when your baby is well fed and rested. Put a towel in a quiet room for the baby to lie on, choose a natural oil such as coconut, almond, or avocado, and play relaxing music. Assess the baby’s receptivity by observing her response to your touch. If she is stiff or tense, then use your intuition: either hold her closely in your arms until she relaxes—or wait for another time. A gazing, quiet, yet alert state means she is ready to begin.

A common stroke, called Indian Milking, entails holding one foot with your hand and then “milking” the leg from the ankle to thigh. Follow this by holding the thigh with both hands and gently twisting and squeezing your hands as you move from thigh to foot. (For more strokes, see Vimala Schneider’s classic book, Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents [Bantam, 1989] or visit the International Association of Infant Massage, www.iaim.ws/home.html , to find a certified infant massage instructor near you.)

Babes aren’t the only ones who benefit from infant massage. Experts like Andrea Kelly, ceo of the International Association of Infant Massage in Ventura, California say that giving a massage releases nurturing hormones for both the mother (oxytocin) and the father (prolactin).

In addition to bonding, infant massage helps kids born with addictions or serious health problems, says Joanne Starr, MD, director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Hospital. She’s seen the positive effects of Garofallou’s infant massage on the tiny heart patients she’s operated on. “I think it’s a very important part of their healing,” says Starr, who adds that many of these infants can’t be held because they are hooked up to ventilators. “It’s such a helpless feeling for the parents, but massage empowers them to do something.”

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