Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Case Notes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Case Notes

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Amanda Graham Health visitor and RGN HEALTH visitors make sure babies are developing healthily but some, such as Amanda Graham, based at a Wandsworth clinic, realise that mothers need some TLC, too.

New mothers are routinely observed for signs of postnatal depression, for instance, but not for the bonding process.

Recognising this, Graham trained as an infant massage instructor, so that she could offer baby massage classes in her area. "Infant massage supports the bonding process through touch and eye contact.

It brings a closeness between parent and child that might not have been there before."

One thing that can slow the bonding process is colic. Infant massage helps.

"It stimulates the system and helps hugely with colic, wind and constipation.

If a baby suffers from these and is a poor sleeper, the mother is often anxious, tired and run down - and may even be susceptible to postnatal depression as a result. …

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