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Insegnante HUG Certificato (CHT - Italiano), Giuseppina giunta

 Lavoro da 10 anni in un reparto donna-bambino, come infermiera pediatrica e da un anno ho ricevuto la certificazione come consulente dell’allattamento certificata IBCLC e svolgo l’attività di consulente a domicilio. In tutti questi anni , sono rimasta affascinata dal mondo della maternità e dalla coppia mamma-bambino.

Aver frequentato il corso HUG, mi ha permesso di essere piu’ consapevole delle capacità di espressione del neonato e di come è importante saper trasmettere queste informazioni ai nuovi genitori.

Rendere consapevoli i genitori dei comportamenti del loro bambino, di come capire quando il bimbo è pronto ,del linguaggio del suo corpo li rende piu’ sicuri di saper rispondere prontamente ai bisogni del loro piccolo.

Parlare ai genitori, durante le visite a domicilio, di “ broadcasting” e di segnali SOS , è molto istruttivo per loro ma allo stesso modo è utile per me per meglio comprendere le risposte dei neonati e affinare sempre piu’ queste abilità per saperle trasmettere al meglio.

Non ho ancora avuto la possibilità di tenere corsi ai genitori per via della situazione attuale post COVID, ma trovo che allo stesso modo, io posso applicare quanto appreso, quando mi confronto coi genitori a domicilio e soprattutto quando ancora sono in ospedale. Tutto questo è di fondamentale importanza per favorire il legame mamma-bambino.

Sono davvero molto felice di aver frequentato questo corso e poter offrire le mie conoscenze e,poterle mettere a disposizione dei neogenitori che incontrero’ in futuro, mi rende molto soddisfatta, perché ne vedo quotidianamente i benefici.

Sempre di più i genitori hanno bisogno di maggior consapevolezza delle loro capacità e altrettanta rassicurazione, e questo avviene di conseguenza alla conoscere e saper riconoscere nel proprio bambino i suoi comportamenti.

New Orleans Parent Educator/Lactation Counselor Becomes a Certified HUG Teacher

Taeshaun Walters is a parent educator and lactation counselor for TrainingGrounds and has just become a Certified HUG Teacher. She shares her HUG Your Baby experience with us.

TrainingGrounds is a non-profit organization that assists families and professionals with creating rich learning experiences for children and positive adult-child interactions. In this time of pandemic and virtual learning, our organization is discovering that reaching out to our families is key. When we found the HUG Your Baby program, I absolutely fell in love with its curriculum, and now I want to share it with every family I serve!

My own professional goals align perfectly with HUG Your Baby’s mission and content. I want to reach the African American pregnant women and babies who are my clients so that I can increase breastfeeding rates and help moms and dads learn skills to console and get to know their babies. HUG Your Baby offers so many simple and effective tips for calming a baby! It also offers insights like remembering that babies can see and read their parents’ facial expressions, which help families learn that babies can cry when their parents look upset or frustrated.


Seeing the joy on my families’ faces when I introduce them to HUG Your Baby is the best testimony to this program’s value. Parents are so happy to have this information, and many say that they wish they knew it when they had their first baby. Learning the HUG Your Baby techniques makes my parents feel more at ease—and more confident in their abilities as parents. That calmness and confidence is exactly what my organization aims to offer families as the basis for their children’s futures.

Lactation Consultant becomes a Certified HUG Teacher

Stephanie Anderson is
 a certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, IBCLC and Breastfeeding USA peer counselor from Olympia Washington.  She shares her HUG Your Baby experience with us. 

I am also a mother of 4 children who have all been breastfed well over a year. I have used so many of the techniques I’ve learned from Hug Your Baby when working with parents and find all of them so helpful! 

Showing the Hug Your Baby DVD in my prenatal classes helps parents to understand ways their babies are communicating with them, ways they can respond and support their babies, and signs of effective feeding. Getting the opportunity to see video images of deep and light sleep states, feeding cues, and SOSs and to learn about peak crying periods and ways they can soothe their babies prior to birth is so beneficial and helps parents to feel more confident in welcoming their new addition.

When working with postpartum families, whether it be in the hospital or a home visit later with an older baby, I find broadcasting and commentating to be so helpful with empowering parents to see all that their babies are capable of and allowing those lightbulb moments of understanding when parents grasp what their babies are saying and they know how to respond effectively! 

I also love that the course stresses the importance of meeting parents where they are, and listening to their needs and concerns before diving into information that may be on a consultant’s agenda. The saying, “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” is never more true than when working with postpartum parents. Listening first, giving parents space to grow and learn with their babies is absolutely the best way for them to hear and absorb teaching and support. I’m excited to continue working with parents and to further incorporate all that I’ve learned from Hug Your Baby!

© HUG Your Baby 2020

"I'll play with my baby when he can play ball," the new dad says.

That's what Jerry, the husband of 28 year-old Elizabeth, said one afternoon at their first pre-natal visit. "All the baby does is eat and sleep that first year anyway, " Jerry explains.

Jerry is not alone in this view of a newborn. A study by Zero-to-Three asked new parents "at what age do you think babies can 'take in the world?" 61% of parents thought that a baby needed to be two- to three-months-old to notice the world around them.

The real truth is good news for you, Jerry (and for Elizabeth too!). Most babies can "play ball" (and actively engage in the world around them) as the tiniest of newborns. But parents need to notice a baby's special ways of approaching this ball game. (HUG Parent video)

Now, at the young family's first post-natal check-up, Jerry holds his newborn, Joey, and gazes intently into his eyes. I almost have to pry little Joey from his daddy's arms. In addition to the routine physical exam, I always love to take time to help parents appreciate some of the amazing capabilities of their baby.

As I hold Joey in front of me his eyes fix on mine. I slowly tilt my head to the side; Joey's eyes follow. As I move a bit more to the left, his eyes drop from my gaze. I hesitate a moment, and then he engages with me again. I'm not worried when I see his eyes jerk a bit as they move. (It will be a few weeks before they move continuously like grown-up's eyes.) "Wow!" Jerry says. "He can really pay attention!"

Then I pick up my little red ball. Joey stares at the ball differently than when he looked at my face It is normal for many babies to be more interested in a face, initially, than in an object. But I just jiggle the ball a second and Joey's eyes start to follow it as I slowly move it. When Joey starts to wiggle around, and his breathing increases, I recognize an SOS (Sign of Over-Stimulation)I hold his little hands gently against his chest, and his eyes immediately look intently at the ball again. Now he follows its movement from one side to the other.

"Yep! Like I thought," Jerry declares to all. "He's a star ball player already! It's my turn to play ball with him now!"

© HUG Your Baby 2020

HUG Your Baby goes to Singapore!

Chen Meng , a new Certified HUG Teacher, is a Lactation Consultant in Singapore and is bringing HUG Your Baby to her practice and her country. We are excited to hear ways that Singapore mothers can come to understand their babies' behaviour. 

I have been using  Hug Your Baby in my other classes. I remember I was conducting a training class last year. One mother brought her 1 year old baby  with her for the 3 day workshop. There were 20 adults in the venue and hers was the only baby. The baby was very quiet during our class. After I explained  baby "SOS", we observed the baby's behaviour.  We watched the mother try to make eye contact with her baby. But, the baby showed us "switching-off" and did not engage with her mother.  It was an amazing experience to all of us. We discussed the baby's behaviour. We concluded that baby was overstimulated by all the strangers and nosies although she did not cry out. This baby was a lesson to all of us. We understood that observing baby's behaviour is so important!

Learn more about Certified HUG Teachers here!

New Certified HUG Teacher attends 1st International HUG Your Baby Gathering

Grace Wagner, MSN, RN, CPNP
Duke University School of Nursing DNP Student

Today I attended the first International HUGs Around the World Zoom gathering. As a new Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I am interested in how best to serve parents and to collaborate effectively with colleagues. Because I am the point person for an upcoming HUG Your Baby research project, I am also eager to hear other’s experience sharing HUG Your Baby. During this 1.5 hour gathering I heard from professionals from five countries, appreciated a short presentation on “Responsive Parenting,” and had an update on HUG’s research and outreach projects.

Now available in 46 countries, HUG Your Baby is having an influence on healthcare professionals all over the world. Certified HUG Teachers from numerous locations are using their knowledge to help new and expecting parents understand their infants. Hearing how HUG Your Baby has been incorporated into care offered in different countries shows how widely applicable and valuable the program is. Seeing all the different healthcare professionals with the same goals come together and share their experiences is inspiring. It’s exciting to see and hear firsthand the positive impact HUG Your Baby is having both in the USA and around the world.

Responsive Parenting is an essential aspect of the HUG Your Baby concepts. Allowing parents to see their infant’s behavior and then respond appropriately plays a vital role in increasing parent confidence. I think Responsive Parenting is especially important for helping caregivers see their infant’s behavior in a positive light. Because I have seen many parents misinterpret their baby’s behaviors, I really love how we can help parents reframe their interactions with accurate information. Then, if needed, we can teach parents to intervene correctly. Knowing that an infant’s first relationships with parents and caregivers play an essential role in healthy brain development makes education with HUG Your Baby concepts immensely important.

Given the uncertain COVID-19 times in which we are all living, HUG Your Baby serves an important role in helping healthcare professionals provide education to new and expecting parents, even from a distance. Its online courses and Zoom classes for parents are a great way for parents to obtain knowledge of infant development and behavior at home. Also, the anticipatory guidance about changes in baby’s development provided by the program is designed to help new mothers increase their breastfeeding duration and meet their breastfeeding goals.

As a new member of the HUG Your Baby community I look forward to discovering ways to incorporate this perspective into my career. I am so grateful to have the HUG concepts to share with families as I help them better understand and connect with their babies. I am also excited to be a part of the international HUG community and to participate in future HUG gatherings, both on Zoom and (one day!) in person.

Grace Wagner, MSN, RN, CPNP; DNP Student Duke University School of Nursing

"See, then Share" the Baby's Behavior to Support Breastfeeding Duration

By Jan Tedder, BSN, FNP, IBCLC, President of HUG Your Baby

The Lactation Consultant (LC) is meeting with Sally, a first-time mother with a ten day old. Though this mother had attended a prenatal breastfeeding class at the hospital, she calls the LC with many questions and concerns about her baby and breastfeeding. The new mom sounds like a mother on the verge of adding formula. The LC knows that time spent with Sally is critically important to helping her meet her original breastfeeding goals. The lactation consultant hopes that HUG Your Baby techniques will make a difference. 

The Science behind the HUG Strategy: “See, then Share”:
The See, then Share HUG Strategy has two components: Broadcasting and Commentating. Of course these concepts are borrowed from the world of sports, and as you will soon discover, they are concepts that have magical powers in the baby world. 

Broadcasting a baby’s behavior means saying exactly what you see the mother and the baby doing. You might think, “Well, this isn’t rocket science!” But, reflect for a moment about the impact of what you are doing. By Broadcasting this baby’s behavior you are:   
  • Showing a mother that you are totally focused on (and very interested in) HER baby
  • Giving a mother specific information about her baby’s body language
  • Teaching a mother how her baby’s body responds to actions the mother takes.  

Now let us consider Commentating on a baby’s behavior. As in the sports world, Commentating means explaining the importance of the behavior you see. Commentating might seem similar to more traditional teaching, in which you (as “the expert”) provide information. However, Commentating is most effective when it follows Broadcasting. Commentating is important because: 

  • Critical information is offered, but it’s now relevant because it is connected to what the baby is doing now.
  • The parent can see that the professional knows and understands A LOT about his/her baby.
  • The baby is an active participant in the process of parenting. Commentating communicates, “Watch the baby, and you’ll learn how to be an effective parent. Your baby can be your greatest teacher!”

How the HUG Strategies impacted this mother: 

Sally is eager to spend time with the lactation consultant (LC). Though the LC has lots of information she wants to share with the young mother, she (wisely) begins by Broadcasting the baby's behavior. The Lactation Consultant (LC) sits with the young mother, who has just changed her baby’s diaper, is settled into a chair, and now is trying to get her baby to the breast. 

The LC Broadcasts, “Your voice was quiet and reassuring as you changed the diaper. Now you are holding her so gently as she wiggles a bit in your arms.” Sally glows with delight, takes a few deep breaths, and seems to relax into her chair as she glances down at her son. She looks calm, feels safe, and knows she is with a person who cares about her baby. 

The LC continues to Broadcast. “Camille has so much to say! She looks like she is squeezing her eyes shut; her breathing is getting a bit choppy; her face has both a pink color and a little pale color around her mouth; her movement is jerky.”  Sally chimes in, “Yes, she acts like that a lot when I change her diaper.” 

The LC wonders aloud, “Do you think she might be having one of those ‘Body SOSs’ we saw on the HUG video?” Sally quickly offers her thoughts on the subject. “Yes, I remember how that little baby would get jerky and look away from his mother when he got over-stimulated.”  

The LC now Commentates on this baby’s behavior. “Perhaps she is slightly over-stimulated from all the excitement of having her diaper changed. Do you want to try putting her skin-to-skin for a few minutes? It might help her get back to the ‘Ready Zone.’” 

Sally places Camille on her shoulder. The baby squirms a moment until her head is tucked comfortably against her mother’s neck. “You are one sweet baby,” Sally whispers quietly. The LC agrees, commentating on how quiet and peaceful Camille is when her mother holds her close. In a few moments, after Camille’s eyes open, Sally notices the “Zone” change—and brings her baby to the breast for a successful breastfeeding meal. 

While the baby breastfeeds, the LC Broadcasts a few more details about the baby’s latch and mother’s positioning of the baby. She then completes the parent visit by Commentating about early feeding cues and reviewing the baby's weights. 

By two weeks, Sally's little one is clearly past her birth weight. The LC is impressed how Broadcasting and Commentating the mother and baby's behavior set the stage for this mother to hear the information she needed. The visit also gave Sally the confidence she wanted to stay on the road to breastfeeding success! 

©HUG Your Baby 2020