IAIM® Baby Massage Course for Parents - NEW Pilot

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Hear what people are saying!

Our Douglas College Perinatal Program is dedicated to delivering new courses that support and strengthen family and parent-infant bonding. This is why we are excited to announce that we are now offering our new IAIM® Baby Massage Course for Parents (babies from birth to 1 year old - Corrected Age). 

This LIVE ONLINE virtual course (due to COVID) will teach parents the gentle and satisfying art of infant massage. Our Douglas College virtual platform, Blackboard Collaborative, will provide parents with a safe place to learn, care, share and gather support from other parents in the company and guidance of an IAIM®- Internationally Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Classes are maxed up at 5 parent/baby participants to keep it intimate.

Would You Like to Sign Up?

Fee: $99.00 - For 6 Weekly Online Live Classes

List of dates and CRN's below.

To register:  Please phone or email the Continuing Education Registration Office at:

Phone:  604-527-5472

Email: cereg@douglascollege.ca

OR click the link at the bottom of the page under Ready to Register and follow the registration instructions.

What is IAIM®?

The International Association of Infant Massage – IAIM® is the oldest, World-renowned non-profit association that certifies its instructors to instruct parents in the art of infant massage after successfully completing a rigorous training program. IAIM®’s 5-week-course for parents, utilizes a curriculum based on research as a way to support and bridge infant massage’s ancient wisdom with modern scientifically based knowledge. This amalgamation increases and solidifies parent-infant bonding through the gentle art of nurturing touch.  IAIM® is internationally recognized and considered the industry’s gold standard in infant massage.

What will Parents Learn In the IAIM® 5 Week Course?   (Course Outline can be found below)

Over the 5-week period, parents will learn a variety of strokes that are the foundation for the IAIM® Baby Massage method. Our IAIM®-Certified Instructors will help parents to understand benefits of infant massage including:                                                                                    

  • IAIM® baby massage strokes
  • Understand and recognize their baby’s body language and cues
  • Achieve better sleep
  • Help with colic or tummy troubles
  • Improve neuromuscular baby organization
  • Relaxation techniques 
  • The role of hormones in baby massage.
  • Stimulate physical and neurological development

What are students saying about our Baby Massage Course for Parents:     

 "I enjoyed the techniques of massage but also the theory behind them." ~Michelle

"I learned what my baby likes, she enjoyed the massage and it relaxed her. I feel like we bonded and I enjoyed meeting other moms and babies." ~Teri

"My baby is sleeping better through the night and it helped so much with self soothing " ~Jessica

 "I learned how calm my baby can be. I also learned why following my baby's cues is so important and this has helped so much with self soothing."  ~Nicole

"The class gave me some new tools to connect with baby and alleviate her gas pains!" ~Vivian

About our IAIM® Classes

Classes are informal, relaxed and friendly.  The focus is on parents to provide the massage strokes to their own infants while your certified instructor demonstrates the strokes using a doll. With only five participants, classes are small enough to provide parents and their babies with the personal attention needed.

The program is traditionally offered face-to-face. However, during these unprecedented times, the IAIM® Baby Massage Course for Parents has been endorsed for online delivery. We use the many interactive tools available in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to make our classes engaging and personal. IAIM® Certified Instructors are available after class for further discussion. Private conversations and classes can also be arranged.

**Remember that Parents are the experts, babies are the teachers, and our IAIM® Certified Baby Massage Instructors are the supporters.

2021 Spring/Summer Semester Dates


Introduction Day

Day Time Date

Fri Apr 30th

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Fri  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, June 4th


Sat May 29th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sat 11:00 am to 12:00 pm June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, July 3rd

Mon Jun 30th

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wed   11:00 am to 12:00 pm

July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, August 4th

Note: All classes are approximately 60 minutes long. 

Private classes are available and can be tailored to best suit you and your family's needs. This may be helpful for individual conditions that your baby may be experiencing or perhaps you prefer privacy and learn better in a one-on-one environment? We also know the value of friends supporting friends, semi-private lessons are available,  especially during this time of being together while staying apart, Baby Massage Classes may be the one way of spending quality time with friends. Whatever the situation, we can accommodate you and your precious baby!  Please contact ce_perinatal@douglascollege.ca - Subject:  Baby Massage Private Class

Baby Massage classes both private, semi-private and group welcome partners, we know that being a parent is a role best shared.

**Breastfeeding Café: As a student in the Perinatal Program, and part of the IAIM® Baby Massage Course, parents and their babies are also welcome to join our FREE Tuesdays and Saturdays ongoing LIVE online Douglas College Breastfeeding Café where parents will have the opportunity to meet informally with other families and have access to an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), who will moderate these sessions. We invite you to bring your questions and concerns about feeding your baby.  Links to our ongoing Douglas College Breastfeeding Café will be sent to parents on a weekly basis.

We invite you to take a look at other perinatal courses and programs. We look forward to having you in our classes.

IAIM Baby Massage Course for Parents Information

More on what parents are saying about this course.

‘Of course learning the proper strokes was fantastic and they will be put to good use, but I really enjoyed all the discussion.  Denise is amazing and helped us so much!  Baby is sleeping better at night and the meaningful conversation helped me to deal with some postpartum I had been struggling with.  The classes exceeded all expectations I had.  It was just a fantastic experience all around and I would highly recommend it!  -  Jessica

‘We really liked the online format and that we could do it in the comfort of our own home – especially with a baby it would’ve been difficult to commit to 5 weeks of packing her up, driving to location, driving back – would’ve been a huge ordeal.  Since it was on the weekend, I liked that mom and dad could participate, so many classes usually just moms attend.  Denise was excellent!  Clear delivery of information, liked the facilitation of the open ended questions at the end of class, with Covid, it was nice to hear from other parents.  I also liked that we are included in the Breastfeeding Cafes communications – creates an on-gong sense of community.  Overall really enjoyed the classes. THANK YOU!!’  -   Sarah

‘Learning the variety of whole-body massage techniques, especially the ones to help with gas/colic was what I liked best about the classes.  The demonstrations combined with the visual handouts and hands on practice.  I liked how every week we reviewed the techniques from the previous classes, that helped with learning them better and engraining them into memory so they became more natural.  Practice makes perfect, especially with this type of motor practice.

Denise was lovely and has great communication skills; she seemed to have a natural way about her to make everyone feel welcome.  She did a great job teaching the concepts.  She explained everything really well which made it easy to understand and learn.  She was understanding and very accommodating when a personal illness situation came up.  It was a great course and very helpful that Denise shared other related resources like the Breastfeeding Café.  -  Jessica

Ready to Register?

Continuing Education Registration Information

Refunds are available to persons who request a withdrawal or transfer
more than three working days (72 hours) before the start of the course.
A $15.00 processing fee will be charged
Learn More

For further information please contact:

Darelle Walker, Perinatal Program Assistant, Faculty of Health Sciences

Ivette Musso, RN, MN, IBCLC Perinatal Program Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences

What parents are saying about this course.

‘The instructor was wonderful and very patient, understanding, knowledgeable and accommodating. The pace of the course was excellent, and our instructor did a fantastic job of reviewing previous weeks’ material and always checking in with the participants.  She knew everyone’s names and was so warm, positive an supportive.  She encouraged us and also supported us as parents.  She was understanding when things came up but also went above and beyond to accommodate and catch us up – I missed a class and she was so great to do a quick one-on-one with me to fill me in.  Learning the various massage techniques was awesome!  -  Gladys