(2013). HUG Your Baby: Evidence-based support tool for early child rearing. Japanese Journal of Nursing Education 54(12): 1114-1118.
Since some of you may need to brush up on your Japanese in order to read it, I want to share the content of this article in English! The article includes:
- A summary of the challenges childbearing families in Japan face today:
- decreased fertility rates
- increased average age of new mothers
- isolation of young mothers due to decreased proximity of the nuclear family
- long working hours of fathers
- Academic background of HUG Your Baby: Based on the research and writings of leaders in the pediatric and child development world including:
- Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and his colleagues, Dr. Kevin Nugent and Dr. Edward Tronick
- Drs. Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas
- Dr. Mary Ainsworth
- Drs. Marshal and Phyllis Klaus
- Components of the HUG Your Baby Program: Innovative and family-friendly language helps parents
- observe three newborn "Zones," including the "Resting - sleeping Zones," the "Ready - 'I am ready to eat or play' - Zone," and the "Rebooting - fussing or crying Zone";
- notice "Body SOSs" (changes in color, movement and breathing) and the "Behavioral SOSs" ("Spacing Out," "Switching Off," and "Shutting Down"), in order to
- prevent and solve problems around a baby's eating, sleeping crying and parent-child interaction.
- The feedback received from nurses who completed an evaluation of the HUG Your Baby workshop they attended in Japan.