It is a great joy to find our way to Brisbane and our final Australian HUG Your Baby training. The Brisbane River, twisting its way through the city, accessible transportation, and a diverse population (both in people and animals!) contributes to Brisbane being identified as one of the most “livable” cities in the world. All they seem to need is a big HUG!
A large crowd of nurses, midwives, lactation consultants—and even a nanny who fosters newborns—join us to learn tools and resources that give parents the ability to see and understand their babies’ body language.
Among other issues, we review the rising incidence of anxiety and depression in today’s parents and how those parents often misread what a baby is communicating. Participants agree that HUG’s family-friendly language (such as a newborn’s “Resting, Ready and Rebooting Zones” and how a baby “Sends out an SOS—Sign of Over-Stimulation”) will increase parents’ confidence and enhance attachment to their babies.
Because “sleep training” of infants and babies has become popular (and controversial) in Australia, HUG trainees were relieved to consider how The HUG’s information on Active/Light and Still/Deep sleep, and on normal sleep patterns, might help decrease the need for more aggressive parent training.
Our red TicTacs were popular once again as a simple tool to demonstrate a baby’s capacity to engage visually. Participants were reminded that many infants have a normal hesitation in the movement of their eyes as they begin to orient. Specific techniques were shown to equip HUG trainees to help all babies be a star as they demonstrate how ready and able they are to engage with their parents, and the world!
I was especially happy to meet Ann Thistleton, who had taken HUG Your Baby online courses to become Brisbane’s first Certified HUG Teacher. She shared with the group her experience using HUG Your Baby with Australian parents and expressed delighted in the ideas that were offered in this one-day workshop.
Jim and I LOVE Brisbane, and we hope to return here in the future, when we expect to find even more Certified HUG Teachers working with fortunate families in Queensland!