Infant Massage for Doulas

As doulas, we often get asked by our clients “What about baby massage?” or “How do I massage my baby?” or “Will massage help my baby sleep?”

This course is designed to give you the information you need, as a doula, to understand the principles around infant massage and how to do it. After you’ve complete the course you will have the knowledge and the routine for massaging a baby while your support a family in the postpartum period. You’ll be able to offer tips and provide demonstrations to parents about infant massage.

You will be able to work through this course at your own pace.

This course is not intended to qualify you as an Infant Massage Instructor.

Why Do Infant Massage?

There are SO many great reasons to do infant massage:

    • Bonding and Attachment: Infant massage promotes a strong bond between the parent and the baby. The physical touch and the eye contact involved in the massage help to strengthen the emotional connection and attachment.
    • Relaxation and Sleep: Massage can help soothe and relax babies, which may improve their sleep patterns. The calming effects of a gentle massage can reduce stress and make it easier for babies to fall asleep.
    • Improved Circulation and Digestion: Regular massage can stimulate the circulatory and digestive systems, which can help with issues like gas, colic, and constipation.
    • Developmental Benefits: The tactile stimulation from massage can aid in sensory development and enhance motor skills as the baby learns to move and respond to touch.
    • Relief from Discomfort: Infant massage can alleviate discomfort from teething, congestion, and muscle tension. It can also be helpful in reducing symptoms of conditions like colic.
    • Parental Confidence: Learning and practicing infant massage can boost parents’ confidence in handling and soothing their baby, fostering a sense of competence and empowerment.
    • Communication: Massage provides an opportunity for non-verbal communication, allowing parents to understand and respond to their baby’s cues and signals more effectively.
    • Routine and Structure: Incorporating massage into the daily routine can provide a sense of structure and predictability, which is beneficial for both the baby and the parents.

Overall, infant massage offers a range of physical, emotional, and developmental benefits that can contribute to the overall well-being of both the baby and the parents. Who better to learn and show how to perform this amazing yet simple skill but US!


$75 CAD
(+applicable taxes)


What to expect in class?

This course is a self-directed course that you will follow along at your own pace. In total there are six modules that cover various aspects of infant massage for each part of the body. The course will cover both the theory of “why” and “how” to massage each part, but also show you how to do it.

This course is designed for you as a doula to show you how to do infant massage yourself. While it doesn’t qualify you to teach it to others, you are absolutely welcome to show your valuable skills to parents as they watch you perform it for their baby’s benefit. Of course they will learn alongside your demonstration.

This course qualifies for 2 CEUs (continuing education units) with Doula Canada.


 “Reece loves her massages and we were able to learn so many types for different areas. It has been very cute to watch how excited she gets when I do her massage cue. We added massage as part of her bedtime routine and used facial massage during her first cold for nasal congestion. I would highly recommend this class.”

Kirsten and Noah

Carly’s classes are amazing! My son Noah loved the baby massage. We use these techniques every night before bed to relax him. Carly is so sweet and knowledgeable. It was great connecting with other moms as an added bonus. Would definitely recommend it. We look forward to taking more classes such as the Baby Milestones in the future.”

Get to Know Your Instructor 

Carly Snyders

Carly has been working with children of many ages and in many settings for nearly 20 years. She started as a teacher at an International School. Over 10 years ago, after moving to London, UK, she began her journey as a nanny and maternity nurse, specializing in newborn care.

That journey led her to become a teacher of baby multi-sensory classes. Now, she has found her niche, teaching Baby Massage, Baby Milestones, and Postnatal Pilates.

Having recently settled back in Canada, she was surprised to see the lack of activities for parents with small babies. She is excited to be able to share her classes with us here at Doula Canada.

Carly Snyders

Infant Massage Curriculum

  • Module 1 – Leg and Foot
  • Module 2 – Tummy
  • Module 3 – Chest, Arms and Hands
  • Module 4 – Face
  • Module 5 – Back
  • Module 6 – Full Body

$75 (plus taxes), one-time fee 

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