WIESBADEN, Germany -- Army garrisons across Europe have a variety of activities scheduled in April as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.In support of that mission, New Parent Support Program experts from IMCOM-Europe converged here April 24-27 to receive Infant Massage Certification Training, which gave trainees "the unique opportunity to help parents and caregivers bond with their babies through the age-old tradition of infant massage," said Brandi Stauber, IMCOM-Europe Family Advocacy Program manager.Teaching infant massage "provides a rewarding opportunity to promote well-being and deepen the bonding and attachment between infants and caregivers," Stauber noted, explaining that the practice uses touch "to enhance expressions of love, caring and respect to aid in the process."Infant massage teachers share their expertise to help families have positive experiences that will impact both the infant and the family for a lifetime, said Stauber, adding that "our NPSP team is excited to be able to teach the skills to mothers, fathers and caregivers."Infant Massage is very important to Army communities, said Hal Snyder, chief of IMCOM-Europe Army Community Services, as military life can be stressful at times. Studies indicate Infant Massage helps relax the parent, enhances their confidence and strengthens the bond between the parent/caregiver and the child."Research has shown that Infant Massage may attribute to a decrease in post-partum depression experienced by some new moms as well," said Snyder.Overall, the Family Advocacy Program is dedicated to the prevention, education, prompt reporting, investigation, intervention and treatment of spouse and child abuse. The program provides a variety of services to Soldiers and families to enhance their relationship skills and improve their quality of life. This mission is accomplished through various groups, seminars, workshops and counseling and intervention services.For more information about infant massage training in your community, call your garrison ACS.