1 in 5 mothers finds bonding with their baby difficult. 1 in 10 are likely to suffer post-natal depression in the first year. The Imperial College London carried out a study in 2008 to find out whether mothers with Post-Natal depression would benefit from attending baby massage classes. At the end of the test period, the massage group mothers had significantly less depression and better interaction and understanding of their babies. Baby massage offers an opportunity for parents to be taught how to respond to the baby’s cues, in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. It allows the different experiences of mums to be shared and support and advice to be shared too as a supportive network of mums.
Studies have also shown that fathers who massage their baby not only feel less stressed, but the closeness made them more aware of the changes in their growing infant and how to respond to the baby’s cues. Promoting a better overall relationship with their child and for their family.