Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, NC) gets a BIG HUG!

Lisa Mather, LPN, IBCLC, RLC, ably assisted by Melanie Jenkins, RN, IBCLC, recently brought the HUG Your Baby Teacher Training (Parts I and II) to Carolinas Medical Center-University in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lisa and Melanie are responsible for the Cuddle Me Closely program. Most of the enthusiastic group work right there at the Maternity Center.  Special thanks go to Anja Daily, Clinical Nurse Specialist for joining us from CMC-Main. 

It was a busy, rainy Monday and some participants had to slip in and out to help with patient care. But that did not seem to dull their enthusiasm as the ideas and questions continued to flow. 

We explored the special challenges of implementing a new approach at a busy in-patient setting. The group particularly enjoyed viewing and discussing the videos of parents and babies. They voiced how learning the "Zones" and "SOSs- Signs of Over-Stimulation" and practicing broadcasting and commentating could help with their lactation program as they move towards the Baby Friendly Hospital designation. Comments on the course evaluations included   "It was great" and "Good information" and suggested "more role play on the basics of observing an infant and really learning the SOSs and Zones."      
 Lisa has recently complete Certified HUG Teacher training and Melanie plans to dive into this training soon. 

We look forward to an ongoing relationship with CMC supporting them in their work to help young families to learn to understand the language of their newborns and to extend lactation duration.