Our guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Michelle Emanuel is the developer of the TummyTime!™ Method and has over 20 years experience as a Neonatal / Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. why Tummy Time is so important for your baby and how it helps with head flattening, breastfeeding and brain development
  2. when you should start Tummy Time, how long and how often you should do it
  3. what to do when your baby doesn’t seem to like Tummy Time
  4. how to do the 8 Stages of the Tummy Time Method to get the maximum benefit

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About Michelle Emanuel:

Michelle Emanuel has over 20 years experience as a Neonatal / Pediatric Occupational Therapist.  She has worked in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), pediatric critical care, outpatient and private practice. Michelle was a Level II staff OT at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for over 17 years, working directly with patients as well as participated in research and education.

Her private practice, Whole Body LLC, TummyTime!™ Method Headquarters and the Infant Neurodevelopmental Training Center for Professionals is located in Cincinnati, OH.

Michelle has a wide variety of knowledge and skills that includes Embryology, Newborn/Infant Development, Pre & Perinatal Psychology, Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Resiliency, Infant Sensory Processing, Polyvagal Theory, Baby Massage and various forms of Manual Therapy.  She developed and began teaching TummyTime!™ Method classes over 10 years ago.

Michelle is licensed and registered as an Occupational Therapist, a National Board Certified Reflexologist and 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  She is also certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Divine Sleep™ Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Baby’s First Massage, Butterfly Touch Massage, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Infant Behavioral Assessment (IBA). Michelle has trained in evaluation and scoring of the Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP).   She is reliable in the General Movements Assessment at the Advanced Level.