A bit about kin2skin... 

kin2Skin was born with the mission of empowering parents and caregivers to support their babies' health and emotional development by understanding the benefits of tender touch and by learning practices that can facilitate positive skin-to-skin contact.

kin2Skin pursues to take this practice not only to parents, but also to adults who are next to kin of babies who, for whatever reason, do not have their biological parents with them. kin2Skin aims to make its services more easily accessible to parents or kin who are finding it more difficult to bond with their babies or who are in a particularly vulnerable situation, such as helping babies with additional health care needs. 

kin2Skin also intends to link Mexico and the UK by offering its services in Spanish and in English and by offering products made in Mexico. All products assist to enhance the closeness between kin and babies and are designed to benefit babies' development. 

 

 

Meet Sandra

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Hi! I am the founder of kin2Skin. Originally from Mexico City, living in England since 2008. I am a very happy mum of my cheeky son Oliver. I believe that all babies deserve the best start in life and that parents and caregivers have the most rewarding but equally challenging job so they deserve support, love and care. 

I had the privilege of supporting families with children under five through my work in children's centres in London for half a decade. My passion for early years education led me to qualify as a baby massage, baby yoga, story massage and baby signing teacher. More recently, I became a peadiatric massage therapist and infant massage instructor of babies with additional health care needs. I have run lots of courses for parents and babies in various settings and have thoroughly enjoyed it! Having witnessed all the benefits that baby massage and other techniques involving positive touch and communication through the senses can bring, inspired me to share these practices so that more families get to experience them.   

kin2Skin has a strong and established partnership with Blossom & Berry. I am an international trainer of baby massage instructors. You can read about the courses for instructors available in Mexico here. I also offer training for instructors in London. Working with Gayle Berry, we have run charity projects to support families with babies with additional health care needs and parents in low income rural communities in Mexico.

A more recent partnership is one with El Recreo En Castellano, a Spanish Club based in southeast London. We will be offering Mini Bebitos from September 2018, a brand new multi sensory Spanish sessions for babies aged 2-17 months and their parents. 

 

 

Relevant qualifications and other important info about me... 

- Babies in Mind, training by Future Learn, accredited by The University of Warwick and The Association for Infant Mental Health (2016) 

- Baby Signing, training by Touch Learn International (2016) 

- Certified Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT) for babies with special health care needs (2016), training by Liddlekidz Foundation

- Award in Education and Training (2016), by Bromley College

- Certified Paediatric Massage Therapist (2014), by Liddlekidz Foundation

- Story Massage for children (2014), by Story Massage

- Baby Massage Instructor Diploma (2011) and Baby Yoga Instructor Diploma (2014), accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Royal College of Midwives, training by Blossom & Berry

- Award in Work with Parents from City & Guilds (2010)

- MA in Education and International Development from the UCL Institute of Education (2009)

- BA in Marketing from ITESM CCM in Mexico City and International Programme from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia (2007)

- Enhanced and cleared DBS check (former CRB/police check) (2013) 

- Peadiatric First Aid from St Johns Ambulance (2012) and First Aid for Babies and Children by Future Learn (2017) 

- Fully insured by Westminster Indemnity 

Thank you Blossom & Berry for your ongoing support and inspiration!

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Why choose kin2Skin courses?

Because we always like going the extra smile!!! Classes are very welcoming. The environment is baby-friendly, meaning that no matter what, baby is in charge of the class! So no stress if baby cries, needs feeding or... needs a nappy change! 

You will not only relax, meet other friendly parents/kin and learn baby massage and baby yoga. Instructors will fill you in with lots of interesting facts about baby's development and will explain all the reasons why the strokes of the massage or baby yoga postures are beneficial. 

The handouts given are easy to understand and have lots of pictures, they are durable as they are laminated. You can also receive support via email or telephone after you complete a course, in case you have more questions about baby massage, baby yoga or story massage. 

You will not only leave the classes with a smile on your face, but also equipped with a skill for life being able to practice more baby massage and baby yoga at home with your baby and practice it again if you have more children.

Evening and weekend classes available, fathers and other close caregivers (e.g. grandparents) are welcome to attend. 

Courses in Spanish also available. 

 

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Just wanted to share some exciting news with you! I have been chosen as a finalist by a panel of judges for a national business award!

The Mpower National Business awards recognises and celebrates the achievements of women throughout the UK who are successfully juggling the challenge of starting and growing a business with family life.  

The winners will be announced on June 23 at the Mpower Gala in London. 

I feel so excited and fortunate to be part of a network of amazing women.