Infant massage beneficial for new dads too: study

Infant massage beneficial for new dads too: study
A 2011 study from Toronto, Canada has found that participation in infant massage classes by fathers had a significant effect on reducing their stress levels.
Twelve fathers attended classes with their babies over a four week period, attending a minimum of three classes. The fathers were asked to complete questionnaires regarding their levels of stress as new dads before taking part in the classes.
Interviews were carried out with the fathers which showed that an impressive 92% described their experience with baby massage as positive. Fathers reported feeling less isolated and more competent as a valued caregiver, and also felt a greater sense of attachment with their babies as a result of doing the baby massage classes.
Source:
Cheng, C.D., Volk, A., Marini, Z.A. (2011). Supporting fathering through infant massage. The Journal of Perinatal Education. 20 (4), 200 – 209.