My name is Heather Rabbitt and I have been a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) through the Loving Touch Foundation since 2007. Teaching parents how to massage their babies is one of the most exciting and rewarding things that I do. It’s amazing to see the reactions from both parents and babies alike.
I don’t believe in any one particular method for parenting, sleeping or birthing. Every baby is unique in his or her own way. I am a mother of two beautiful boys and their differences continue to amaze me.
Some of my achievements with infant massage include receiving a Community Service grant from the Massage Therapy Foundation entitled: Increasing Infant-Mother Interaction, Decreasing Depression – Teaching Infant Massage to Women with Symptoms of Postpartum Depression. With this grant, I was able to help 15 new mothers use infant massage to decrease anxiety, create a healthy and loving relationship with their new babies, and help provide a framework for their infants’ development.
I was also lucky enough to co-lead a research project in Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Special Care Nursery, teaching nurses to provide infant massage to babies in the hopes of increasing weight gain and achieving earlier discharge dates.
In addition to being a CIMI, I am also a Licensed Massage Therapist. I am certified in Pre, Peri and Postnatal massage as well as Orthopedic Massage. I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. Go Bucks!
When I’m not teaching infant massage, I am a Stay at Home Mom to two wonderfully crazy boys.