© Cherry Bond 2007
| CURRICULUM VITAE
is a well known internationally
recognised infant massage specialist. She works with both preterm
and sick infants who need highly specialised care, as well as with
parents and their babies in the community. Her popular and inspirational
talks have taken her all over the world with diverse audiences:
from ‘A’ level
teachers, to 3000
paediatricians in Russia. Cherry’s involvement
with the research team at Queen Charlotte’s hospital has
been innovative, integrating science and nurturing touch in highly
technical settings, as well as with extremely vulnerable new
mothers with mental health problems. With her energy, enthusiasm
and ability to motivate staff and parents, she has accomplished
remarkable advancements in holistic care within the National
- Registered Sick Children’s Nurse - RSCN,
- Registered General Nurse - RGN,
- Specialised Neonatal Course - JBC 400,
- CIMI - Certified Infant Massage Instructor (International Association
of Infant Massage)
- Applied Behavioural Sciences in Advanced Neonatal Practice
- Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) certification
- ITEC Anatomy, Physiology & Body Massage Diploma.
- Baby Yoga Certificate
- Internationally recognised specialist in Baby Massage and Positive
Touch in a Family Centred Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
- Published author with articles in a wide range of medical and
nursing journals both domestically and overseas
- Developmental Care Educator for neonatal staff
- Member of research team.
- Consultant to UK government’s Early Years Commission
- Keynote speaker at international and UK neonatal conferences
- Consultant to commercial organisations and charities.
- UK committee associate of IAIM (International Association of
- Research consultant and book reviewer for the IAIM UK journal.
- Practitioner and team leader of a hospital-based baby massage & postnatal support group
- Specialist parent-infant interaction co-ordinator on Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit.
- Empathetic and effective communicator with highly developed
practical and team leading skills
- Course tutor on Positive Touch Workshop/courses
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL COMMITIMENTS:
Winnicott Baby Unit, St Mary’s Hospital
Develompmental Care Educator
Member of the Developmental Care (NIDCAP) Team
Post-discharge Infant Massage Group Instructor
International Institute of Association of Infant Massage
Reviewer for website and newsletter
Infant massage oil guidelines author & consultant
Speaker for members meetings both in the UK and Internationally
Tutor for Further Education Workshops
Baby Life Support Systems (Bliss)
Speaker at education days – focusing
on Kangaroo care throughout 2004-2005
Consultant for education information
RETAINERS & CONSULTANCIES:
role with charity publications, reading and editing information
which is in print for parent education. Involved with publication
on Kangaroo Care. Speaker at conferences and education days.
in many baby projects and meetings including contributing a pre-term
massage section for their American Infant Health Care website.
wrote Baby Massage leaflet. Consultant for Johnson baby-care ‘Touch
Report’ booklet. Consultant for international research team,
looking at baby massage oils. Consultant for midwifery information
pad on baby massage. Sponsored by J&J to a talk on research
into stress and postnatal depression at a 3,000 delegate
medical conference in Russia.
television, radio and press journalist consultant. Recent
contributions: National press enquiry when Prime Minister’s
son was born. featured my work in Woman’s Hour, regarding the Positive
Touch programme in the neonatal unit at St Mary’s Hospital,
featured my work with
preterm parents and babies on two consecutive years. Recently
conducted live radio and press briefings for Johnson & Johnson
publication of their new Touch report booklet.
Massage A Silent Dialogue
Book published for use by Queen Charlottes & Hammersmith
Hospitals provided to parents of every admission to the neonatal
unit. This was used by parents and staff to demonstrate preterm
infant massage techniques. Currently out of print and being updated. The Dialogue of Infant Massage
Article for Massage Australia, a national
journal for complementary therapists. Published 2004 – 2005, following an article
about the post natal depression study done with the Queen Charlotte’s
baby massage group. Seminars in Neonatology
Guest edited the complete edition of this
medical journal: Volume 7, Issue 6; 2003- ‘Integrated neonatal care: vital
topics that complement neonatal nursing’. Also wrote the
editorial and a one of the articles called Positive Touch & Massage
in the neonatal unit: a British approach.
Leaflet produced for Johnson’s Baby. Aimed at professionals
and parents as an introduction to infant massage at home.
The Power of Touch
Booklet published in 2004, following a
Johnson’s Baby Care
touch research report. This report, highlighting the importance
of positive parental touch, was released to the press and radio
Association of Infant Mental health (UK) Newsletter.
March 2004 4(1): Baby massage: a form of early intervention by
facilitating parent-child communication. This newsletter is widely
read by Health Visitors, psychologists and those concerned with
child mental health issues.The Journal of Family Health Care.
2002 12 (2) Baby Massage : a dialogue of
touch. Journal of Family Health Care is read by health care professionals
responsible for the health and wellbeing of families with young
Massage & Health Review
2001 4(1): Infant Massage. This review is published by Claire Maxwell
Hudson, a prominent massage training centre in the UK.
Take a Break
April 2000 16 (21): A Mother’s Touch. A popular parent magazine
with a wide, mostly parent readership.
The Journal of Neonatal Nursing.
This journal is the most widely read neonatal journal in the UK.
Positive Touch & Massage in the Neonatal Unit: a means of
reducing stress levels - 1999 vol.5 (5). Also featured in : MIDIRS –Midwifery
Digest 200010 (2)243-247.
Newborn News (BLISS Charity)
Autumn 2000: My Work By Cherry Bond. This is read by parents and
staff involved with premature infant care.
Guidelines for Infant Development in the Newborn Nursery
Co-written with lead author Inga Warren, this handbook is based on NIDCAP (Newborn Individualised Developmental Care & Assessment Programme|). It is updated with evidence based practice and is an excellent guide for all those who want to learn more about sensitive care in the neonatal nursery.
CONFRENCES & WORKSHOPS:
Courses ‘Positive Touch in
the neonatal Unit’
For Health Professionals and associated staff working with preterm
infants. Delegates are neonatal nurses, medical staff, physiotherapists,
speech and language specialists, occupational therapists and
all staff who are working in a neonatal unit. There is a world-wide
attendance to this course. The Centre for Professional Development in Osteopathy and Manual
Regular talks and study days given on infant
behaviour, as part of their annual education programme. The programme
is aimed at therapists and students treating infants and children.
The day courses cover theoretical sessions including the neuroscience
of parent-infant attachment, and practical sessions where the delegates
observe infant massage in action and analyse and discuss the intricacies
of the interactions seen. Caring for Infants with Chronic Lung Disease
in Hospital & at
Recurrent speaker for many years at ‘O2 Go Home’ course,
run at Hammersmith Hospital with the Faculty of Health & Human
Sciences at Thames Valley University. This is a credited course
teaching Health professionals who work in the community, as well
as the neonatal unit, how to deal with oxygen dependent infants
and their families in the community.International Association of Infant Massage UK
Presentations at member meeting; in progress – regular
Speaker on Infant Cues at the International General Assembly in
Speaker on neurobiology and infant massage at the IAIM International
General Assembly in Montréal, Canada.
Keynote speaker at the Irish IAIM Education Day in Belfast. The
relevance of baby massage to the developing brain
Speaker in Tokyo, Japan at their IAIM conference on infant massage
and postnatal depression. Also gave a continuing education session
for Japanese CIMIs.
Speaker on infant cues at the IAIM International General Assembly,
in Ottawa, Canada.Offers education days on the preterm infant for IAIM members. This one-day workshop has been run in the UK, USA, Mexico, Portugal and Australia.
A longer term follow-on RCT is currently awaiting publication
using this massage groupAcute effects of maternal skin-skin contact and massage on saliva
cortisol in preterm babies. R. Gitau, N. Modi, X. Gianakoulopoulos,
C Bond & V. Glover. Journal of Reproductive & Infant psychology,
Vol.20, (2); 2002: 83-88. This clinical trial showed that a 20
minute period of maternal skin-to-skin contact caused a consistent
and significant reduction in infant saliva cortisol levels; the
effects of massage were more variable.
- Postnatal depression and mother and infant outcomes after infant massage O’Higgins M, St. James Roberts I, Glover V. Journal of Affective Disorders 2008: In Press. This RC Trial followed the study below at Cherry Bond’s massage group. More of the massage, than the support only group mothers, showed a clinical reduction in depression score. At one year, massage group mothers had non-depressed levels of sensitivity of interaction with their babies, whereas the support only group did not.
- Onozawa K, Glover
V, et al. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2001; 63: 201-207.
This study showed that mothers who were attending our QCCH
massage group showed highly significant improvement in the
way they interacted with their babies. Following the publication
of this paper our massage group was chosen as finalists of
the Guild of Health Writers’ Award for Good Practice
in Integrated Healthcare.
- Changes in plasma cortisol and catecholamine concentrations
in response to massage in preterm infants. Acolet D, Modi N,
Giannakoulopoulos X, Bond C, Weg W, Clow A, Glover V. Archives
of Disease in Childhood. 1993 Jan;68(1 Spec No):29-31.
In this clinical trial, the biochemical and clinical response
to massage in preterm infants was assessed. Cortisol, but not catecholamine,
concentrations decreased consistently after massage. It showed
that it is possible to detect an objective hormonal change following
a supposedly 'non-therapeutic' (massage) intervention in preterm
PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE
1977-1978 Staff Nurse completing
Neonatal JBC 400. University College Hospital,
London WC1 6AU.
1978 – 1998 Neonatal Unit, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea
Hospital. Ward sister until
1980, worked permanent shifts on Nurse Bank following birth of
1994 - 2006 Parent Craft Dept QCCH. Co-ordinating and teaching ‘Baby
Massage & postnatal support group’.
1998 – present Permanent hours Parent Infant
Interaction Co-ordinator at Winnicott Baby Unit, St
2008 - present time Developmental Care Educator at Winnicott Baby Unit, St Mary’s Hospital, London.
RCN – The Royal College of Nursing
NMC – The Nursing & Midwifery Council
Neonatal Nurses Association
International Association of Infant Massage UK
Association for Infant Mental Health
Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Foundation for Sudden Infant Death (FSID)
- UNICEF UK Baby friendly Initiative two-day breastfeeding course,
- Update on cot death research: FSID March 2009
- according to Donald Winnicott Perspective, March 2009
- Trauma in Infancy – A Psychoanalytic Forum at the Institute of Psychoanalysis on December 8th 2007. Speakers: Amanda Jones The Compulsion to Repeat: The Creation and Repair of Traumatic Internal Worlds and Angela Joyce - Infantile Psychosomatic Integrity and Maternal Trauma
- The Infant: Attachment, Neurobiology and Genes. A two-day International
and interdisciplinary symposium in Munich 2006.
- The Psychobiology of Sympathy: Infants teach us how human brains
in human bodies make sense together. One-day presentation by
professor Colwyn Trevarthen 2006.
- Annual representative at The International Attachment Research
Unit Network conferences at UCL.
- Allan Schore Seminars 2002, 2003 & 2004
- Jaak Panksepp seminars 2002 & 2004
- Richard Evans – Essential neuroanatomy and a tour of
the human brain 2002.
- The Donald Winnicott Memorial Lecture 2003
- The 24th International Scientific Colloquium – Creating
connections: psycho-analysis, Neuroscience and Development 2002.
- Exploring ways of working with hard-to-reach relationships. Conference May 2009
- Liverpool study day June 2008: Research using massage for parents with infants with congenital heat disease, by Dr Natalie Tierney. Sally Gooard Blythe on Reflexes –Reflections of the Developing Nervous system:
- Helping Women after a Traumatic Childbirth. Workshop with Phyllis Klaus, MFT, CSW, in Munich Dec. 2006.
- Aware Parenting weekend by Aletha Solta 2004
- The Impact of Violence on Infants’2003
- Dr Patricia Crittenden seminar - Relationships at Risk: Mothers and Infants
- Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) Certification 2009
- Infant Development in Neonatal Intensive Care: 2-day conference in Paris Dec. 2008
- Special Brazelton Training Forum. March 28th 2007
- Neurodevelopment and care of the preterm infant: from Protocol
to relationship. One-day pre-conference workshop by Prof. Heidelise
Als in Munich 2006.
- The Infant Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Program.
A one-day workshop by Rodd Hedland (NIDCAP Trainer) on July 2006.
- Two day conference on enriching early parent infant relationships
- invitation by Brazelton Centre 2004
- Helping to organise and attend the 2003 & 2005, ‘Infant
Development in Neonatal Intensive Care’ two-day conference,
and following European scientific Foundation day.
- Attended the week-long ‘Physical and Developmental Environment
of the High-Risk Infant’ in Florida in 2002.
- Communication skills with Center for Non-Violent Communication
trainers. A morning Workshop on October 8th 2006.
- Seminar on ‘How to communicate more effectively’.
- ‘How to handle difficult people’ seminar 2000
- Baby Yoga Course 2004
- Jan Kusmeric workshop on composition, chemistry and use of
- Personality patterns through the feet.
- Advanced Master class on Accelerated Learning Techniques in
Teaching. Run by Susan Norman, Director of SEAL (Society for
Effective Affective Learning) March 8th 2007
- Workshop on consensus in 2004
- London Writing Centre workshop 2003