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A different kind of coddling
Nurse provides massage therapy for infants
If you've ever been in the hos-
pital, you know it's not a relaxing
To relieve a little bit of that
stress, one nurse has introduced a
massage therapy program. If you
want a massage and you're out of
diapers, you're out of luck.
Nurse Diane Kremer runs an
infant massage program at the Uni-
versity Hospital. She has headed up
the effort to give babies more expe-
rience with a warm human touch,
something quite different from
the probing and tests they usually
receive in the hospital.
A nurse lugging a massage table
around might be considered an
unusual site in most hospitals, but
not to Kremer's colleagues.
Kremer used to carry one around
to practice her technique on hospi-
her skills to infants.
"I wanted to find a way to help
with healing myself, colleges and
the babies here, so I started giving
massages to people in the unit,"
Kremer said. "People started learn-
ing what massages are like, and
from there I taught nurses how to
massage their babies. I just wanted
to find a gentler way to deal with
Seven years ago, Kremer start-
ed the infant massage program,
where she and a certified volunteer
teach parents how to massage their
Since she launched the program,
Kremer has received positive feed-
back from parents, nurses and doc-
tors. The massages, she said, not
only sooth and relax restless babies,
but also help with their digestion,
reflux and posture.
"For one thing, it helps the
parents understand their infant's
behavior, and how to touch them
in a positive way," Kremer said.
"Parents are very happy they are
learning these techniques so they
can now help their babies, and in
return get more sleep and enjoy
their baby more."
Kremer is also the develop-
mental care coordinator, a new
position in the hospital. In this
capacity, she focuses on infants'
neurological development. Kre-
mer and other staffers observe
various environmental and per-
sonal interactions an infant might
experience while in the intensive
"I really enjoy seeing parents
become empowered learning to
take care of their baby," Kremer
said. "I love bringing in innovative
techniques into the hospital."
Kremer's integrated touch ther-
apies have stirred up a lot of atten-
tion in the hospital.
Kremer says that some doctors
are interested in doing research on
touch therapy on troubled infants,
such as those with seizures.
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Iraq is top issue, but most doubt Dems have plan for war
Three out of five surveyed said adjusted to Washington's new division of labor, with has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Democratic position. Skelton, in line to become chair-
President Bush in the White House and Democrats That finding strikes at the heart of a Democratic man oftheHouseArmed Services Committee, has pro-
Democrats don't have a viable holding the reins of Congress for the first time in 12 dilemma. The party has been of one voice in criticiz- posed withdrawing a U.S. brigade for every three Iraqi
solution in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) - More Americans rank Iraq
as the top priority of the new Democratic-controlled
Congress, but nearly three out of five say the party
does not have a plan to deal with the war.
In the aftermath of an anti-Republican wave, the
latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed lingering
uncertainty about the country's direction and the abil-
ity of Democrats and President Bush to work together.
Underscoring the country's political divisions, Demo-
crats expressed more confidence and optimism than
The poll was conducted Nov. 10-12 as the public
While voters in Election Day surveys said corrup-
tion and scandal in Congress was one of the most
important factors in their vote, the postelection poll
showed that 37 percent of all adults said the war in
Iraq should be at the top of the congressional agenda
during the next two years. The issue of terrorism, the
second most mentioned priority, was ranked highest
by 15 percent of those polled.
Though voters apparently embraced the Democrat-
ic mantra of changing course in Iraq, a majority of the
public did not detect a clear Democratic blueprint for
ending the war. Fifty-seven percent of all adults in the
AP-Ipsos poll said Democrats do not have a plan for
Iraq; 29 percent said they do. The poll of 1,002 adults
ing President Bushs strategy for the war but has been
more equivocal on how to move in a different direc-
Democrats such as Sen. John Kerry of Massachu-
setts and Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania want
a fixed deadline to pull all troops out of the coun-
try. Other Democrats, including some party leaders,
have voiced support for a staggered withdrawal that
demands greater responsibility from the Iraqis.
The public's perception was reinforced during the
campaign, when President Bush time and again told
voters that the Democrats had little to offer on the
"Everyone agrees that we're going to have to begin
redeployment," Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) said of the
combat brigades rated fully capable. Skelton opposes
setting a timetable for withdrawal but said at least one
U.S. battalion or brigade should pull out promptly.
"It should send a clear message to the Iraqi govern-
ment, the Iraqi people and the American people that
we're not there to stay," he said.
No doubt, the election results have put Democrats
in something of a box, said Stephen Biddle, a defense
policy expert at the Council of Foreign Relations.
"It's a very, very awkward thing to run a war from
the Congress," he said. "The public wants them to do
something. And they don't wantto go into 2008 and be
accused of being the do-nothing 110th Congress."
In separate interviews, some voters appeared sym-
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