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Tina Colbaugh from Cleveland, Tennessee becomes a Certified HUG teacher


Tina is a Maternity Case Manager with Blue in Tennessee. She shares a story from Certified HUG Teacher training. 

 One of my members was having trouble with difficulty latching and baby not sleeping for longer than 2 hours. Baby boy was only 2 weeks old. 

 zi explained to our member that latching takes a while for him to learn, and her as well. I helped mom with a more comfortable position, getting him in the correct latching position and also helping her with calming before he feeds. 

 Mother also watched for feeding cues before he become inconsolable. I helped mom, with talking to baby boy and putting his hands on his chest and whispering to him during the night, for a minute to help him learn calming techniques on his own. When she fed him, I told her not to turn on lots of lights, keeping the environment calm and peaceful. not to touch him too much or talk to him, which would cause too much stimulation. Then, once he fell asleep, she laid him down and wenr to where he could not see her. This took a couple of weeks and she did have a roller coaster up and down of going from 2 hrs to 4hrs and back and forth After the 4th week, the latch got better and the sleep was pretty consistent in 3-4 hrs between feeding. W

I will continue to follow this mother and help her get some time for herself as she has 2 other older children and spouse, and she has returned back to work. She needs to be able to enjoy this baby and this process, and not feel so stressed out.

New Certified HUG Teacher in North Carolina


Kathy Atchison from North Carolina is a nurse and a daycare owner as she completes her master's degree.
 

I have really enjoyed learning how to use evidence-based information to help my parents recognize their baby's development and use that information to meet their baby's needs. One parent had feeding issues and her baby was underweight. By educating the mother on her baby's extended rebooting phase, the mother was able to acknowledge that her baby was hungry. After a well-visit with her doctor, a feeding plan was established and both mother and baby appeared happier and better bonded in just a few days.   

I appreciate the broadcasting techniques and how parents respond to hearing positive signs about their baby's that might have been overlooked previously. One new father felt rejected by one of his twins and after broadcasting how the baby acts with him, helped him view his baby differently. The smiles gained during each parent visit was rewarding and very satisfying. I had babies of various ages, and each parent seemed more relaxed following the visit then when I first arrived. The parent visits were fun and engaging and helped parents in a way I had not considered. The parents seemed to view their babies in a more positive light and the enjoyment was shared by all.

Insegnante HUG Certificato (CHT), Benedetta Stella


La decisione di partecipare alla formazione H.U.G. è nata in me, inizialmente dal bisogno di arricchire le mie competenze come doula, ma andando pian piano avanti nel percorso di formazione e ancor di più durante la pratica, mi sono resa conto di come questo metodo si una risorsa. Una risorsa che ha una doppia valenza: infatti credo che H.U.G. sia una risorsa per me stessa, per imparare a stare accanto alle mamme nel loro percorso di maternità entrando maggiormente in connessione con loro, ma è anche una preziosa conoscenza per i genitori. É uno strumento capace di aumentare la fiducia nelle potenzialità dei genitori stessi, di confortare alcune delle loro paure, di accrescere la consapevolezza che loro sono competenti.

Penso che, personalmente, sarà utile adoperare la tecnica del broadcasting (che ho sperimentato in questa occasione per la prima volta!) durante i miei incontri , soprattutto quando inizio a relazionarmi le prime volte con una nuova diade che non conosco ancora bene; è un modo anche per me stessa di osservare e entrare in maggiore sintonia con ciò che vedo.
 

Il mio sogno è che le donne nel loro percorso di maternità possano avere accanto un numero sempre maggiore di figure professionali diverse, che cooperino tra loro e che creino una rete di sostegno. 

 Figure che abbiano il desiderio e la capacità di interagire tra loro: dall’ostetrica alla psicoterapeuta, dalla consulente dell’allattamento all’insegnante di yoga, dalla doula alla puericultrice. 

 Penso che in questo modo, con questa rete attorno, le future mamme potranno trovare supporto pratico, emozionale, assistenza e informazione, rassicurazione e conforto nel cammino che le porterà a diventare madri. Il metodo H.U.G. è uno strumento prezioso per i professionisti che assistono le madri e una risorsa per le famiglie, ed è per questo motivo che ho partecipato con gioia a questo percorso di formazione, perché oltre ad avermi arricchito, credo profondamente nel suo valore.

Insegnante HUG Certificato (CHT), Brunella Ruvera


Ricordo di aver reclutato la prima famiglia su cui impostare il mio lavoro pratico di HUG Your Baby a dicembre 2019, un mese circa dopo aver terminato il secondo step del percorso. Ho concluso la valutazione poco prima del lockdown, con un programma che prevedeva ancora un paio di reclutamenti singoli e di seguito un piccolo gruppo. Poi la pandemia ha scombinato la vita di noi tutti e dunque le valutazioni sono proseguite singolarmente dopo il periodo estivo e anzi purtroppo non è stato possibile avere in presenza neppure i papà. 

 Questo particolare periodo ha messo in luce maggiormente le fragilità e le insicurezze delle famiglie peraltro già presenti prima, a causa del tipo di società attuale poco allargata e con difficoltà intrinseche di comunicazione. 

 Per questo motivo ho cercato di sviluppare il mio interesse principale nell’ambito di HUG Your Baby verso la comunicazione in un momento difficile, di solitudine e scarsi contatti verbali/relazionali. Essendo anche pediatra e IBCLC è stato poi evidente quanto HUG possa essere complementare alla mia attività clinica e di sostegno all’allattamento. Nella valutazione della poppata per esempio, HUG è molto utile per individuare il momento opportuno per avviare la stessa: aspettare il sonno attivo/leggero oppure per attendere che il neonato sia disponibile e tranquillo. 

 Le madri sono state piacevolmente stupite nel avere delle indicazioni pratiche per modulare le loro interazioni con il proprio piccolo e spesso mi hanno riportato di averle utilizzate con profitto. Utile è stato fornire delle indicazioni pratiche sui ritmi del sonno fornendo loro i cartacei dei diagrammi e percentuali dei tipi di sonno in rapporto all’età nonché l’itinerario per un allattamento di successo. 

 Ho sempre pensato che la mia utilità come operatore sanitario risieda molto nella prevenzione e nella informazione, in modo che i genitori soprattutto se si tratta di neo-genitori, possiedano già alcune risposte alle loro numerose legittime domande. 

 HUG Your Baby è uno strumento ideale in questo ambito, le mamme sono molto interessate a cercare di interpretare i segnali dei loro bambini, sperano di riuscire a calmare il loro pianto e ad entrare in contatto con i loro sensi. Spesso tornando in ambulatorio mi hanno riferito di utilizzare le indicazioni di HUG per risolvere qualche momento critico del bambino. 

 Mi piacerebbe come progetto per i futuro, quando le condizioni lo permetteranno, poter organizzare un piccolo gruppo di neo-genitori per facilitare l’emergere di criticità e aspetti utili di HUG Your Baby: il confronto è sempre una crescita, per i genitori e per gli operatori.

Insegnante HUG Certificato (CHT), Vincenza Battista


Mi sono avvinata ad Hug your baby durante il lock down, ho pensato che fosse un buon momento per approfondire le mie conoscenze. La comunicazione del neonato era un tema che sentivo di approfondire da diverso tempo. 

 Il corso base di Hug your baby mi ha entusiasmato così tanto che ho deciso di organizzare il corso in presenza a Milano. Purtroppo, solo a distanza di un anno sono riuscita a terminare il corso avanzato per la certificazione, ero impegnata nella formazione per diventare puericultrice. 

 Prima di essere una puericultrice sono una doula, ho lavorato a un progetto in un ospedale di Milano e attualmente come libera professionista. Ho potuto osservare e riflettere sul fatto che il parto in Italia è sempre più medicalizzato, le figure di sostegno per le mamme non sempre accompagnano la mamma in modo adeguato fornendo indicazioni e tabelle. 

 Le mamme stanno perdendo la fiducia nelle loro capacità, sul loro istinto e sulla naturalezza della maternità. 

 Le mamme che mi chiamano sono in crisi perché i loro bambini piangono spesso, non riescono a calamari, non comprendono i segnali del bambino, hanno difficoltà nell’allattamento e si sentono sopraffatte. 

 Credo fortemente che le mamme abbiano tutte le capacità necessarie. 

 Hug your baby non si sostituisce alle mamme ma offre un’ottima strategia per mettersi in contatto con il proprio bambino, i bambini sono soddisfatti aumentando il benessere della diade mamma-bambino. 

 Hug your baby farà parte del mio sostegno con le mamme e a breve vorrei organizzare incontri di gruppo in gravidanza per poter aiutare più genitori possibili.

WIC Counselor Becomes a Certified HUG Teacher


Robyn Voge works with WIC in Wisconsin. She shares her HUG Your Baby journey with us. 

 My goal with each person that I speak with during a WIC appointment is to leave the mom feeling empowered and more confident. It has always been challenging for me to feel confident in my ability to provide good feedback to a breastfeeding mom. I am with them for such a short period of time and the feeding I observed may not be very reflective of what happens at home. I have really found that using the Broadcasting and Commentary concepts have given me the opportunity to share the experience with the mom and help her focus on what her baby is doing. 

 The most recent opportunity that I had to use this technique was with a mom who was having difficulty getting her baby to latch. They were using a nipple shield which seemed to be having an impact on milk transfer. The feedings were stressful and mom and baby both became more agitated when a good latch didn’t happen. On this day, she came in for a weight check and feeding assessment. As mom was getting baby ready to nurse, I started describing what I was seeing and how he was reacting to what mom was doing. As she was nursing, we talked about breastfeeding and I helped her see that breastfeeding was not just about feeding baby, it was also about the relationship and the back and forth interaction between them. At the end of the appointment mom said that she was going to change how she thought about breastfeeding which she felt would help make feeding feel less stressful. At her next follow up about 2 weeks later things were going much better and they had successfully stopped using the nipple shield.

Experienced childcare provider becomes a Certified HUG Teacher


Donna Amos, a childcare provider in Holland, Ohio, shares her experience with becoming. Certified HUG Teacher.

For me, the entire process of becoming a HUGs certified teacher has been meaningful. I came from a very large family and have probably cared for more children than anyone who doesn't work with children on a daily basis. You can imaging my surprise in learning about the calming techniques that are taught in the HUGS class. I certainly knew about the quiet talking and gentle swaying, but not about the holding hands to chest, or the skin to skin that is taught in the class. I also did not know about the spacing out. All of these things made perfect sense and I was delighted to share these things with family, as well as to the prospective parents that we present to. 

 I was delighted to attend the special classes that were offered on breastfeeding and the behavior of the pre-term infants. It was all very enlightening and exciting to learn. I am so happy to be sharing this information with prospective parents.

New Certified HUG Teacher in Malaysia


Gayathiri Chandar, a primary care physician in Malaysia, shares her experiences becoming a Certified HUG Teacher. 

 Being a first time mother myself, I had a few 'AHA!' moments while going through the courses. So much of my baby's actions and behaviours started to make sense to me and I couldn't wait till I started seeing my patients having those moments. I'm very grateful to Ms Tedder for developing this HUG programme. It made a lot of difference in the way I counsel my patients. Anxious parents are not interested to know regarding the science behind breastfeeding and child development, they just want to be reassured that their child is doing well. Teaching them about HUG did exactly that. Watching the frowns on young mothers' faces melting away when they gain confidence on taking care of their newborn gives me so much of happiness.

New Certified HUG Teacher celebrates the individuality of a baby, a family and class of expectant parents.

Dottie Pienta is a nurse and educator in Lambertville, Michigan. With years of experience working young families, she was delighted to begin, and to complete, the Certified HUG Teacher program. She shares a bit of her journey with us today.


What I have learned from the HUGS program is that every baby is different in personality, so is every person and every class. I have to assess the group and improvise at times, be ready for the unexpected, and to focus on some parts of the program more and less on other parts depending on the knowledge and experience of the participants and whether or not the baby is newborn. Like in teaching and nursing, students, patients and babies are the “teachers” and we are the “students” always learning something from each person/baby. With the support of the agencies listed in the introduction, HUGS program provides new and repetitive information to help the participants learn and remember the teachings/concepts on how to care for and "listen" to their newborn baby. 

 Things have changed drastically since I had babies so, this was a good learning experience for me, as well understanding the new models and ways of doing things. I truly wish I had learned the HUGs Program back when my babies were born. These are concepts I did not learn in nursing school, and I did not focus on pediatrics during my Masters’s in nursing program. I think back to when birthing seemed to be “barbaric” in a sense and now it has become so much more natural and “out of the closet”. So much knowledge has been discovered and shared openly. 

 When I see babies now in class and in public, I observe what the parents are doing and “listen” to the baby’s body and behavioral “baby talk”. I wish I could just “tell” them and demonstrate on the spot the simple and effective techniques I learned in HUGS. 

 Thank you Jan Tedder for your work and dedication of the HUG Your Baby Program!

Insegnante HUG Certificato (CHT), Elena Ida Urso


Mi sono avvicinata ad Hug your Baby grazie ad una mia prof di allattamento quando frequentavo la scuola per diventare Puericultrice. A lezione un giorno ci aveva parlato molto bene di questo programma e cosi incuriosita l'ho acquistato senza troppe esitazioni. Ho visto e rivisto più volte il primo modulo on line perchè avevo capito da subito che mi sarebbe tornato molto molto utile nel mio lavoro quotidiano con i genitori. 

 Spesso mi chiamano genitori di neonati di poche settimane in preda al panico perchè non riescono a capire il pianto, i segnali di fame e di stanchezza soprattutto. Questo genera un circolo vizioso per cui le mamme spesso entrano in frustrazione sentendosi costrette a stare tutto il giorno sul divano. 

 Credo fortemente che informare i futuri e neo genitori sugli stati del neonato abbia un potenziale enorme in termini di benessere e soddisfazione . Mi piace l'idea di poterli accompagnare da un circolo vizioso ad uno virtuoso di genitorialità positiva e cosapevole. Mi piacerebbe a breve organizzare degli incontri a tema specifici HUG :) Magari in gruppo con coppie in attesa o nel dopo parto. Al momento ho "solo" integrato le conoscenze e utilizzato tanti piccoli strumenti per arricchire l'esperienza di consulenza con i genitori. 

 #conoscereperpoterscegliere è la mia chieve di Puericultura, da sempre l' hastag che mi accompagna e credo davvero si sposi benissimo anche con il programma Hug your baby!!!




Nurse/Midwife from India becomes a new Certified HUG Teacher

Subasri Dinesh is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked with many pregnant women and families on an L&D ward in Chennai, India. She discovered HUG Your Baby and has become a  Certified HUG Teacher to enhance the care she provides these families. Here she shares this  journey with us.

Many couples as new parents are eagerly to know the status of the newborn in both the antenatal and postnatal period. I am working with the new parents in the antenatal and intrapartum period am  confident in that pathway.  

On the other hand, due to less time spent with the newborn, I wanted to study more about the newborn. This would help my professional growth by gaining self-reliance to help parents. When I found the Certified HUG Teacher program I thought it would be an astonishing way to understand the baby’s behavior and apply the information with the baby in real life. 

I believe that this HUG’s knowledge would help the primi, or first-time mother, and teenage parents who lack of exposure to resources about the care of the baby. After I started to study and understand each section of this training I realized I could go forward and apply the tricks and tips to console, understand and fulfill the baby needs. 

First, I began my teaching parents how to identify the three-baby Zones: Ready (baby is in ready mode to eat or play), Resting (baby is in sleeping mode) and Rebooting (baby is in fussy or crying) and how to react to each Zone. I learned how to help the infant go to the best Zone for eating, sleeping, or playing. Next, I taught parents how to identify the different types of newborn sleep: active and deep sleep. 

 I have been teaching parents for over 11 years and I am always looking for new ideas and innovative teaching strategies to help my patients and new families. Finally, I got a better way to grow in my career through the HUG. This programs has given me a plethora of new ideas that help me to see and acknowledge each moment of newborn behavior. The knowledge that I gained through this online medium provides me a wonderful opportunity to see mother and baby attachment and bonding. I found this new approach to parent teaching about playing with the baby and consoling newborns in a successful way. 

Now I’m certitude that I have better knowledge of newborns and ability to handle the young parent in a more friendly and supportive way.  

Thank you, HUG (Help, Understanding, Guidance)

Experienced Doula Becomes a Certified HUG Teacher

Doula, Sarah Venzara from Longmont, Colorado, shares her experience using HUG Your Baby in a new mother's class.


After teaching a HUG Your Baby class I really appreciated being able to see the happy mama’s leave feeling more confident in the arrival of their baby and their ability to care for them. One of the mothers was able to address her concern of not getting much rest with a new baby. I was able to discuss with the mothers about babies sleep patterns and how to insure they and their babies were getting the best sleep possible in the postpartum stages of life. The mom’s really appreciated learning about the two different patterns of sleep, deep and active/light. The mom’s were able to share about their concern to comfort their babies and after the class they all said they felt like they had some good tools available now for caring for their baby when he/she arrived. I was able to cover all subjects: zones, SOS, crying, feeding, sleeping, and playing. We all had a lot of laughter and enjoyed the process of learning. All the mothers planned to breastfeed beacause building a confident, strong, secure, and respectable relationship with their new baby was a priority. All the mothers were very pleased with the class.

New Certified HUG Teacher Serves New Orleans Families

Sharon GancarzDavies, LCSW is Director of the We PLAY Center by Training Grounds in New Orleans, LA. 


She is a trauma informed Infant Mental Health Specialist and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. HUG Your Baby is a wonderful component of the support Training Grounds We PLAY Center offers to expectant parents and caregivers of newborns. The information about infant zones, comforting babies, and play are in perfect alignment with the work I have done for years as an Infant Mental Health Consultant. The HUG curriculum presents information in a straightforward way that is easily understood by parents. I learned a lot about newborn eating and sleeping! Parents were excited to learn about early development. I could hear their confidence growing as they discussed what they had heard and seen in the videos. 

 I love the HUG strategy of broadcasting as a means of highlighting moments of attunement and responsive caregiving. All parents want to know when they are successful. And even the parents who are confidently responding to the needs of their children feel seen and celebrated. Broadcasting also works as a gentle tool to give voice to the body communication of the infant. In this way we act as an interpreter who allows the parent to attune to and respond to the early cues, meeting the child’s expressed need. And broadcasting provides support to the parent whose infant’s needs may not be so clear. The parent who knows they are not alone and who is validated, can stay calm and better able to observe and interpret their infant’s cues. 

 The celebrated social worker Virginia Satir is famous for saying, “ We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” I am excited to share HUG Your Baby with families. Whether in person or via zoom the power of connectedness fuels growth for parent and child.