Power of touch for premature babies
First Time Mum's Chat podcast

Episode

084: The Power Of Touch For Premature Babies

Powered by RedCircle

Disclaimer – This podcast is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please contact a medical practitioner if you are concerned and have any medical issue.

As a baby massage instructor, I’m always striving to impart to new parents the importance and massive benefits of the power of touch with their little one.

When they are born, after 9 months in a safe, nurturing environment, they find themselves in a very different place with much to adjust to.

However, this journey is far more challenging and dramatic for premature babies. Firstly they are likely to find themselves in the NICU with the goal of keeping them alive and then premature babies face being poked and prodded with an endless barrage of tests.

This week’s guest Tracey Kondrasuk-Brander is no stranger to this environment. Tracey is a neonatal and early intervention, occupational therapist, as well as a licensed massage therapist and has worked with children from birth to three as well as premature babies over many years.

In this episode, you’ll hear Tracey and I talk about:-

  • The power of touch and why it is even more important for premature babies.
  • The importance of skin-to-skin time with their parents and how it benefits sleep, heart rates and oxygen levels.
  • How massage can benefit sensory integration issues that premature babies often face.

Click here to listen!

Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts

“I love Helen and First Time Mum’s Chat.” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more people — just like you — for a smooth journey into the exciting world of parenthood. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode!

Also, if you haven’t done so already, follow the podcast. I add a new episode each week, and if you’re not subscribed, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out. Follow now!

Links Mentioned in the Episode

Read Episode Transcript Here

About Tracey Kondrasuk-Brander

Tracey Kondrasuk-Branders

Tracey Kondrasuk-Brander, MAOTR/L, LMT, CNT, NTMC, CSC keeps busy by being a full-time pediatric OT specializing in NICU and Early Intervention (birth-3 years of age).

She is a continuous learner and wanted to become a part-time Licensed Massage Therapist after many years of massaging babies in the NICU. She is a Certified Sleep Consultant with TIny Transitions with a focus on children with special needs, prematurity and developmental delays. She is a published author and wrote/published her first book “Forgiving the Facade” in 2019.

She is the mother of 3 wonderful children and a new daughter-in-law. Tracey resides in York, Pennsylvania, USA, and welcomes hearing from parents!

Becoming a Parent For The First Time?

Ease into your new parenting journey by incorporating these simple to action tips into your daily routine!

expert tips for moms

Get Your Expert Tips From The First Time Mum's Chat Podcast

Download this PDF and get tips and insights for moms just starting their parenting journey, handpicked from expert interviews.

First Time Mum's Chat expert tips
First Time Mum's Chat questions or feedback?
LOOKING FOR A TOPIC? SEARCH THE ENTIRE FIRST TIME MUM’S CHAT PODCAST ARCHIVE
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
post

SHARE THIS EPISODE:

Your request could not be processed. Please try again.
Your request has been successful.

Get Our Expert Tip Sheet With Ideas & Insights To Help Get You Started On Your Parenting Journey

Tips and insights handpicked from expert interviews!