Running baby massage sessions in a lockdown has been an interesting challenge – this video-phobe has been forced has been forced to just crack on and get on with it!
It’s obviously not the same as a friendly gathering of mums and babies, having tea and cake by the fire but it is working as well as it can over video screens.
Mums are able to spend time massaging their baby, learning the different massage strokes to settle and soothe their baby at different times of the day.
But the sessions are also allowing mums to ‘gather’ together to chat, to share their experiences of parenting in the lockdown and to ask normal questions about all things baby.
As a postnatal practitioner, I love running baby massage sessions to provide an informal, comfortable and safe space for mums to offload, share, ask questions, be reassured and make friends. It’s great to see mums find their feet, to get to know their baby, to chat and to relax. Video sessions aren’t quite the same but I can still see the changes in the babies, mums can still chat and it is providing mums with the chance of doing something ‘normal’ with their baby.
As soon as I am able to run face-to-face sessions again, I will but it has also opened up possibilities for remote sessions for parents who can’t attend groups. Video sessions do work well, just in a slightly different way to normal. But, right now, what’s normal?
Janine Smith | a specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting