Our Douglas College Perinatal Program is dedicated to delivering new courses that support and strengthen family and parent-infant bonding. This is why we are excited to announce that we are now offering our new IAIM® Baby Massage Course for Parents (babies from birth to 1 year old).
This LIVE ONLINE virtual course (due to COVID) will teach parents the gentle and satisfying art of infant massage. Our Douglas College virtual platform, Blackboard Collaborative, will provide parents with a safe place to learn, care, share and gather support from other parents in the company and guidance of an IAIM®- Internationally Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Classes are maxed up at 4 parent/baby participants to keep it intimate.
Would You Like to Sign Up?
Fee: $99.00 (For 5 Weekly Online Live Classes)
List of dates and CRN's below.
To register: Please phone or email the Continuing Education Registration Office at:
OR click the link at the bottom of the page under Ready to Register and follow the registration instructions.
What is IAIM®?
The International Association of Infant Massage – IAIM® is the oldest, World-renowned non-profit association that certifies its instructors to instruct parents in the art of infant massage after successfully completing a rigorous training program. IAIM®’s 5-week-course for parents, utilizes a curriculum based on research as a way to support and bridge infant massage’s ancient wisdom with modern scientifically based knowledge. This amalgamation increases and solidifies parent-infant bonding through the gentle art of nurturing touch. IAIM® is internationally recognized and considered the industry’s gold standard in infant massage.
What will Parents Learn In the IAIM® 5 Week Course? (Course Outline can be found below)
Over the 5-week period, parents will learn a variety of strokes that are the foundation for the IAIM® Baby Massage method. Our IAIM®-Certified Instructors will help parents to understand benefits of infant massage including:
- IAIM® baby massage strokes
- Understand and recognize their baby’s body language and cues
- Achieve better sleep
- Help with colic or tummy troubles
- Improve neuromuscular baby organization
- Relaxation techniques
- The role of hormones in baby massage.
- Stimulate physical and neurological development
What are students saying about our Baby Massage Course for Parents:
"I enjoyed the techniques of massage but also the theory behind them." ~Michelle
"I learned what my baby likes, she enjoyed the massage and it relaxed her. I feel like we bonded and I enjoyed meeting other moms and babies." ~Teri
"My baby is sleeping better through the night and it helped so much with self soothing " ~Jessica
"I learned how calm my baby can be. I also learned why following my baby's cues is so important and this has helped so much with self soothing." ~Nicole
"The class gave me some new tools to connect with baby and alleviate her gas pains!" ~Vivian
About our IAIM® Classes
Classes are informal, relaxed and friendly. The focus is on parents to provide the massage strokes to their own infants while your certified instructor demonstrates the strokes using a doll. With only four participants, classes are small enough to provide parents and their babies with the personal attention needed.
The program is traditionally offered face-to-face. However, during these unprecedented times, the IAIM® Baby Massage Course for Parents has been endorsed for online delivery. We use the many interactive tools available in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to make our classes engaging and personal. IAIM® Certified Instructors are available after class for further discussion. Private conversations and classes can also be arranged.
**Remember that Parents are the experts, babies are the teachers, and our IAIM® Certified Baby Massage Instructors are the supporters.
|11229||Fridays||11:00 to 12:00 pm||
February 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
|TBA||Saturdays||11:00 am to 12:00 pm||
February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
|TBA||Mondays||1:00 pm to 2:00 pm||
March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and April 12th
(no class April 5th due to Easter)
Note: All classes are approximately 60 minutes long with the exception of Class 1 which can be 90 minutes long.
|TBA||Mondays||1:00 pm to 2:00 pm||
May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st and June 7th
(no class on May 24th due to Victoria Day)
|TBA||Fridays||1:00 pm to 2:00 pm||
May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and June 4th
|TBA||Wednesdays||11:00 am to 12:00 pm||
July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and August 4th
Note: All classes are approximately 60 minutes long with the exception of Class 1 which can be 90 minutes long
**Breastfeeding Cafe: As a student in the Perinatal Program, and part of the IAIM® Baby Massage Course, parents and their babies are also welcome to join our FREE Biweekly ongoing LIVE online Douglas College Breastfeeding Café where parents will have the opportunity to meet informally with other families and have access to an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), who will moderate these sessions. We invite you to bring your questions and concerns about feeding your baby. Links to our ongoing Breastfeeding Cafe will be sent to parents on a weekly basis.
We invite you to take a look at other perinatal courses and programs. We look forward to having you in our classes.