CHT realizes the value of SPECIFIC rather than GENERAL statements.


Michelle Lloyd serves young families in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is delighted to share how important it has been to learn the secret of sharing a baby's behavior with SPECIFIC rather than GENERAL statements.

Just in one week I realized how many general (rather than specific) comments I made.  Until you pointed out through the course how important broadcasting and commentary can be to encourage new parents, I probably would have just continued with my general remarks.  I have seen how it can empower parents.  They may not be doing everything perfectly yet but they are trying their best and just to show them how what they are doing is creating a positive connection between parents and baby.

Pediatric Nurse Becomes a Certified HUG Teacher

Karra Coburn is a pediatric nurse in Durham, NC . She shares her experiences becoming a Certified HUG Teacher.

With the knowledge I received from this course, I am now able to meet families and their babies where they are at. Together, we are able to understand their babies body language, sleeping habits, comforting measures, and feeding rituals. I have developed a better understanding about the ways in which newborns communicate, utilizing that to develop techniques to better soothe their child's unique needs. I took the information I obtained and was fortunate enough to teach a class to my best friends, who all happen to be first time mothers. I was so happy to see how much of an impact I had, and how much my teaching helped all three of them. I am grateful I was given the opportunity to take this course, and grateful for the help and knowledge Jan Tedder provided me with. As I begin my career as a pediatric nurse, I will be certain to utilize this course in order to better serve my patients and their families! 

NICU Fathers Benefit from HUGYour Baby Teaching

Using HUG Your Baby in a NICU increases fathers’ knowledge of their infants. [Kadivar, M., Mozafarinia, M. (2013). Supporting fathers in a NICU: Effects of the HUG Your Baby program on father’s understanding of preterm infant behavior. Journal of Perinatal Education. 22(2), 113-119.]
  • MSN project for Iranian student in a tertiary level NICU in Tehran.
  • Student professionally translated HUG Your Baby parent education resources into Farsi and completed Certified HUG Teacher training.
  • Hospital layout and protocols made it difficult for mothers to visit their babies for several days.
  • Student used translated HUG Your Baby materials to teach a one-hour class to fathers whose babies were in the NICU and spent one-on-one time reviewing each baby’s behavior with his father.
  • 23 fathers in both control and intervention group.
  • Research tool: The Knowledge of Preterm Infant Behavior (KPIB) scale.
  • Results: Fathers in intervention group had increased knowledge of infant behavior.
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Study confirms value of HUG in Special Care Nursery


Implementing a parent education program in the Special Care Nursery. 

Hunter, L., Blake, S., Simmons, C., Thompson, J. & Derouin, A. (2018). Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Aug 23, 1-7.

  • Parents with babies in a NICU or SCN typically find this environment to be stressful and intimidating.
  • DNP project to explore impact of HUG Your Baby teaching on SCN parents.
  • 22 mothers with babies in the SCN watched the HUG Your Baby parent education video and met with a DNP student trained in HUG Your Baby.
  • Research tools included PSS:NICU (evaluates stress experienced by parents) and PMP SE (evaluates maternal-infant interactions).
  • Results: Significant decrease in maternal stress and increase in maternal confidence.


Developing the Japanese HUG


Developing the Japanese HUG (Help-Understanding-Guidance) Your Baby Program.
Iida, M., Shimpuku, Y., Tanimoto, K., Matsunaga, M. & Horiuchi, S.(2017). Journal of Japanese Academic Midwifery.31(2), 187-194.]

·       Researchers collaborated with Jan Tedder, creator of HUG Your Baby, to translate professional and parent education resources.
·       Introduces the medical literature used to develop HUG Your Baby and components of the Japanese version of this program.
·       Describes researchers’ experiences using HUG Your Baby resources with parents.
·       Currently analyzing data on parents’ responses to HUG Your Baby.