This week Jim and I reflected on our year abroad as we prepared for our flight back to Raleigh-Durham. (Click here for a glimpse at these reflections.) As we flew past an amazing North Carolina sunset, I was struck with such excitement and appreciation about those who have agreed to keep those HUGs going in their home country and to enhance the work of HUG Your Baby internationally. It is with great delight that I write my final HUG Your Baby's International Teaching Tour blog and introduce you to those who are making a difference in the world!
HUG Your Baby International Country Representatives
(in alphabetical order)
Australia's HUG Your Baby Distributor: Barb Glare, IBCLC, is a lactation consultant with decades of experiences at a large rural hospital in Victoria, Australia. She was one of the early leaders of the Australian Breastfeeding Association and is currently Director of Breastfeeding Conferences, a company that produces conferences for midwives, lactation consultants and nurses in Australia and New Zealand. Having hosted many international leaders in the field of lactation, Barb has a pulse on issues that impact breastfeeding mothers around the world. Barb brought HUG Your Baby to numerous cities in Asia-Pacific and is a distributor for HUG resources. Contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org Read about The HUG in Australia.
Iran's Program Director of HUG Your Baby and HUG Research Advisor: Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN, CHT, recently completed a Master's degree in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing from Teheran University School of Nursing, where she became the first Certified HUG Teacher in Iran. She currently lives in Canada with plans to complete a DNP with a focus on neonatal nursing. Maryam translated The HUG materials into Farsi and published research on using The HUG to teach fathers of infants in a NICU. In the process she developed the HUG for Iran website. Contact Maryam at email@example.com. Read about Maryam's research in Iran.
Italy's HUG Your Baby Distributor: Benedetta Costa, founder of the Italian Association of Infant Massage (A.I.M.I.), distributes the Italian HUG DVD through Infant Massage srl. Benedetta founded the A.I.M.I. decades ago to help parents learn the power of infant massage to connect with their newborn. She has worked tirelessly to grow this program to its current 4,000-person membership. Contact Benedetta at firstname.lastname@example.org Read about The HUG in Italy!
Japan's Director of HUG Education and Research: Yoko Shimpuku, both hospitals and birth centers in Japan. She earned her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Yoko's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. She conducts research in Tanzania for the education of pregnant women, adolescent girls, and local midwives. A former intern with the WHO, Yoko's international efforts have been recognized with multiple research grants and awards. Yoko is Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, St. Luke’s International University, Tokyo. She created the Japanese HUG website and Facebook page. Contact Yoko at email@example.com Read about The HUG in Japan.
Malaysia's HUG Your Baby Distributor: Ning Desiyanti Soehartojo, MD, IBCLC, is a physician in Shah Alam, Malaysia, where she has provided primary care to families for many years. More recently, she has become an IBCLC and is now focusing her care on supporting breastfeeding women in Malaysia. Ning is becoming a Certified HUG Teacher and wants to integrate this information into the care she provides. Contact Ning at firstname.lastname@example.org Read about The HUG in Malaysia.
South Korea's Director of HUG Education and Research: Min Sung Kwon, RN, MSN, received her Master's degree in mental health nursing from the University of Sydney in 2013 with a thesis focusing on postpartum depression. (Click here to see an interview about this work). Min is currently studying and working in Australia at breastfeeding clinics as she prepares to become an IBCLC. Contact Min at email@example.com Read about The HUG in South Korea.
Barbara Hotelling, MSN, WHNP, IBCLC, CHT, has worked for decades as a postpartum home visiting nurse, nursing instructor, doula, and childbirth educator. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and spoken internationally on issues related to providing evidence-based birth and parenting care. Barbara has served and led the birthing community as President of both Lamaze and DONA, and as a CIMS site evaluator. She has been honored by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2006), Nurses’ Education Funds Scholarship (2005), Mother-Friendly Nurse Recognition-ANACS (2003), Elisabeth Bing Award-Lamaze International (1998), Who's Who in American Nursing (1996), and Who's Who in American Women (1996). Barbara is currently a clinical instructor at Duke University School of Nursing, where she was named the "Clinical Instructor of the Year" (2014). Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.