Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children is offering free monthly workshops on infant massage at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The next workshop will occur from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 21. They will continue on the second Saturday of each month.
Participation in the workshops will be limited to 20 people, who must register by contacting Rene Guilbeau at (504) 780-4363 or rene.guilbeau@ HCAHealthcare.com.
Infant massage is a parent enrichment program that provides loving touch from the start of a baby’s life. It incorporates techniques that help promote social and emotional development, brain development, adaptations for children with special needs, and bonding and attachment with parents and caregivers.
According to Guilbeau, early psychological and sensory input is essential in facilitating the development of all infants. Infant massage contains critical elements of bonding including eye-to-eye contact, smiling, soothing sounds, caressing and mutual interaction.
For the baby, massage enhances bonding and attachment; promotes social, emotional and cognitive development; reduces gas and colic; strengthens and regulates primary organ systems; regulates behavioral patterns; and promotes sleep.
For parents, massage enhances communication and emotional ties; promotes better understanding of infant cues; helps parents unwind and relax; provides quality one-on-one interaction; and gives fathers a special time to connect and bond.
‘NEW ORLEANS HISTORIC HOTELS’: Paul Oswell, author of “New Orleans Historic Hotels,” will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. He will discuss the great hotels of the past and the present, telling the story of the properties that stood the test of time, as well as those that didn’t.
DOCUMENT PRESERVATION: Annie Peterson, preservation librarian of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, will discuss preservation techniques for personal documents at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The session will address proper storage, handling and long-term care, and is free and open to the public.
PIANO CONCERT: Matt Lemmler will perform American standards at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
His performance is sponsored by Hall Piano Company, the Steinway Society of New Orleans and the library, and is free and open to the public.
‘DEGAS IN NEW ORLEANS’: Rosary O’Neill, author of the historica drama “Degas in New Orleans,” will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The play is set in 1872, when Edgar Degas arrives to salvage his brother’s cotton business and to reclaim his family life in the city of his mother.