About the IAIM

UK Board Members

Clare Straughan
IAIM UK Chapter President

I have been a member of the Executive Board since 2016, previously in the CIMI Support Co-ordinator role. I was absolutely delighted to be asked to stand for the role of President and was voted in at our AGM in November 2023.

I was first introduced to baby massage when I was invited to attend one of the very first baby massage course in the North East delivered by Janice Hart, my Mam’s neighbour and life long family friend, with my first son, back in 1999!  Baby massage had such a profound impact on my life, I attended Janice’s massage classes with my younger 2 children (in 2006 and 2008) and in 2010 was given the opportunity to train as a CIMI and was absolutely thrilled when I arrived at the venue to discover that Janice was my trainer!

I delivered baby massage classes voluntarily for our local Sure Start Children’s Centres, then went on to set up my own business Soothing baby massage and children’s yoga in May 2012. Since then, I have taught baby massage to hundreds of families in and around Newcastle upon Tyne where I am based. I have grown my business over the years and as well as baby massage I now also teach pregnancy yoga, wellbeing for mothers and babies, baby yoga, toddler yoga, children’s yoga, and teen yoga. I still teach some of my very first baby massage class yoga to this day!

I have been volunteering as a breastfeeding peer support volunteer with a local charity for the last 15 years.

When I am not working or volunteering, I like nothing more than spending time with my family, walking my dog, playing netball or practicing yoga.

Caroline Barber
IAIM UK Chapter Vice President

It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve as the Vice President on the Executive Board for the last 5 years, with both Roisin and Clare, and I will be sad to retire from my position later this year.

I have been a CIMI for 14 years, practising privately from home, and working in Children’s Centres in the early years.

I love supporting families, and Infant Massage is such a beautiful activity to share. It not only bonds parents and baby, and has such a variety of benefits, but it also really brings families together, building communities and holding space for parental mental health.

While I continue to practise as a CIMI, I am also a Life Coach, working mainly with parents and supporting them in a different way.

Valentina Romagnoli
IAIM UK Chapter International Represenative

I am Valentina and since January 2023 I am the IAIM International Representative for the UK Chapter.  I am originally from Italy but have lived for 12 years in UK, where I did my training in 2021. 

I ran baby massage classes in the lovely Devon, but then, me and family decided to start a new adventure. So, we left Devon, nearly two years ago, and we moved to Tenerife, the place where I currently live with my husband and my two daughters.

I run baby massage classes for English speaking families here in Tenerife, and I am looking forward to organising more.  Alongside that, I work in a bilingual nursery, where children have the opportunity to spend their time outdoors, in nature, and take care of the farm animals. 

I am passionate about the IAIM, early years, multiculturalism, nature and animals, any type of outdoor experience, good coffees and healthy food!

Deb Wilson
Education Co-ordinator

CIMI. Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Independent infant feeding and tongue-tie specialist. 

I have been fortunate to work with babies and their families since qualifying as a paediatric nurse in 2002.  My career has focused on neonatal nursing, supporting babies and their parents/carers in various roles, always striving to provide the highest standards of care.  Knowing the benefits of ‘kangaroo care’, training as a CIMI felt a natural progression, promoting resting hands and nurturing touch. I strongly believe that access to education and skills are key to increasing knowledge and awareness and look forward to continuing to support families, directly and indirectly, through the benefits of infant massage within our IAIM UK Chapter.