THE Jerudong Park Medical Centre (jpmc) in partnership with Mom n Baby LLP and the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) hosted a four-day Infant Massage Instructor Training Course at the Mutiara Ballroom 2 of Radisson Hotel.
The training, which was the first of its kind to be conducted in Brunei, was facilitated by Sylvie Hetu and Shillina Phua, certified Infant Massage Instructors from the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).
Fourteen participants took part in the course, comprising nurses from JPMC, an Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) lecturer from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and a public member.
The course covered the history of infant massage, its proven benefits, and correct techniques of infant massage, communication and group facilitation skills. The first day of the training commenced with a speech by Chris Carvalho, the Hospital Administrator of JPMC, who welcomed participants to the comprehensive infant massage course.
The training course also included a three-day practical class with parents and babies.
“As an Infant Massage Instructor, our role is to create an environment that allows parents and their babies to form a healthy attachment and develop affection for each other so that they have a solid foundation for the rest of their life,” said Sylvie Hetu, the Infant Massage International Trainer from IAIM.
Meanwhile, Genevieve Yee, the Human Resources Officer of JPMC, congratulated the participants for completing their four-day intensive training.
“The certification is recognised worldwide, where the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) has affiliates in over 60 different countries across the globe,” Genevieve Yee added.
Infant Massage is an essential tool that parents can use to establish a strong bond with their baby, and can help foster their self-confidence when caring for babies.