Certified HUG Teacher Shares the Power of The HUG!



Mary Kling is a nutritionist in an OB clinic in Atco, New Jersey and has had her own postpartum doula business since 2006. (Click here for her website.) Mary has just become a Certified HUG Teacher and is delighted to share this story.

Corrie is a dedicated career woman who finally becomes a mom. After losing a baby at birth two years ago, she is especially eager to do whatever she needs to for her new baby, Marla. Marla is born by c-section at 37 weeks. The doctor instructs Corrie to nurse Marla every two hours, and Corrie does so carefully, recording every nursing session, pee and poop.

Marla is in deep sleep when Corrie picks her up. Today it takes a half hour to get the baby to her breast, yet Mom is persistent and uncomplaining. Wanting to reinforce the doctor’s orders, I encourage Corrie and wait patiently for an opportunity to guide this new mom.

When I visit two-week-old Marla a second time, I learn that the baby has gained back her birth weight and that the doctor is pleased. Corrie excitedly tells me all about her doctor’s visit, then glances at the clock. Two hours have passed since the last feeding. “When can I stop this?” she finally asks.

“Now,” I reply. “Let’s watch Marla and see when she’s ready to eat. If she gets to the third hour, we’ll wake her up.”

Mom looks like a weight has fallen off her shoulders. She sits back, and we wait and watch together. In half an hour Marla wiggles and squirms, wakes up and actively looks for Mom. Corrie happily picks her up and nurses with confidence.

Just in time for the busy Easter holiday, I talk to Corrie about The HUG SOSs (Signs of Over-Stimulation). Mom now understands new ways of knowing when Marla has had enough excitement, as well as how to comfort the baby. By Monday Corrie is beaming as she describes her ability not only to see those SOS but also to respond by retreating for a few minutes while she and baby regroup. We all agree, “We sure do love The HUG!”