Thailand: School of Nursing in Bangkok Gets The HUG

Last summer I was referred to Ramathibodi School of Nursing (Bangkok) by Dr. Ruby Wilson, former dean of Duke University School of Nursing (Durham, NC, USA), who contributed significantly to the early development of this school and continued over time as a consultant there. Today I meet Dean Jariya Wittayasooporn, RN, PhD, and her faculty and students when I offered an afternoon introduction to HUG Your Baby. Having studied parent-child attachment during her career, Dr. Jariya was excited to encounter what she believes is an accessible and evidence-based approach to teaching parents.

A room full of Ramthibodi nursing faculty and students and leadership from their hospital attended this two-hour session to hear the basic background and main concepts of HUG Your Baby: Newborn "Zones" and "SOSs", normal newborn crying patterns, active and deep sleep, and a baby's interactive abilities 

This group of professionals was the first to see a portion of the newly completed HUG Your Baby DVD in THAI  Though attentive throughout this presentation, the audience clearly perked up to this teaching in their own language.

Brainstorming session on how
to integrate The HUG into
nursing curriculum and practice
I was delighted that 15 faculty and hospital staff gathered after my presentation to consider how to integrate HUG Your Baby into their work and teaching. Leadership were keen to discuss research options such as: bringing The HUG to NICU parents, incorporating the HUG into the school of nursing curriculum, and providing HUG training to postpartum nurses. I look forward to continuing these conversations.

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