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    Jan Tedder and Jim Henderson
    have been married for 35 years and know a lot about team work! Together they raised two amazing sons to adulthood, built successful and satisfying careers as a nurse and a teacher, and helped each other further personal interests in health care, education, community service, international travel, and the arts.

    President of HUG Your Baby, LLC
    Jan Tedder is a family nurse practitioner and lactation consultant who researched and developed the award-winning HUG Your Baby concepts and resources.  She earned degrees in nursing from UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill and studied for decades the work of renowned Harvard pediatrician, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. She is certified in both his Touchpoints program and his Newborn Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS).  Jan has been honored as the North Carolina Maternal Health Nurse of the Year and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the national honorary society for nurses. She speaks at professional conferences around the world and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a clinician and an instructor of family practice residents at UNC-Chapel Hill Family Medicine Center. (See Jan's resume). 
    Vice President of Research and Education, Director of "HUG for Dads"
    Jim Henderson, Phd, brings skills to HUG Your Baby as an educator, editor, journalist and administrator with experience in public relations, publications and fund raising. He earned an undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College, a master's degree at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. at Duke University. For thirty-two years Jim worked as a teacher and administrator at Carolina Friends School (Durham, North Carolina), where he gained day-to-day experience with innovative and effective approaches to teaching the hearts, minds and spirits of our next generation. A lifelong musician, Jim has performed professionally for six decades as a saxophone, keyboard and guitar player and has also worked as a composer, songwriter and arranger. In recent years he created a musical, Ariel's Way, that is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare's The Tempest
    Certified HUG Trainers

    Gale Touger, BSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, CHT is the first HUG Your Baby Trainer. She has worked professionally with families for thirty-five+ years and more recently excels as "Grandma Par Excellence" (shown here). Gale studied at Boston University, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. She was honored as the NC Nurse Practitioner of the Year, received the Barbara Bennett Peer Assistance Award, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. Over her career she studied with (and is a major fan of!) Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and became certified in Brazelton's Touchpoints and the Brazelton Center's CLNBAS teaching exam (now known as the NBO). Gale completed the Certified HUG Teacher program and now integrates this resource into her work in Beaufort, SC, serving among other patients and clients, many USA military families. As a HUG Trainer Gale teaches local professionals, helps to study and develop the HUG curriculum, and joins Jan in "Giving a HUG" to parents and professionals across the USA. She is currently completing research on the impact of teaching The HUG to professionals in outpatient settings. Contact Gale at

    Barbara Hotelling, MSN, NP, IBCLC, CHT has worked as a postpartum home visiting nurse, nursing instructor, doula and childbirth educator for decades. 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 the birthing community as president of Lamaze and DONA, and 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). She is currently a clinical instructor at Duke University School of Nursing. Contact Barbara at

    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 is living in Canada with plans to complete a DNP with a focus on neonatal nursing. In addition to her studies, she finds time to use her research and analysis skills to help HUG professionals with the development and publication of studies on the impact of The HUG on parents and the professionals who serve them. Contact Maryam at 


    HUG Your Baby International
    Program Director of HUG for IRAN

    Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN became the first Certified HUG Teacher in Iran. She 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" (www.hugforiran). While living in Canada, she attends HUG trainings in the USA via Skype and serves as HUG Research Advisor.

    Director of HUG Education and Research in Japan

    Yoko Shimpuku, 
    RN, CNM, PHN, PhD has worked clinically as a nurse midwife in 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. She is an Assistant Professor at St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Tokyo. Yoko and Jan collaborated on an article about the value of HUG Your Baby in Japan. This article was published in the Japanese Jo of Nursing Education November, 2013. Contact Yoko at 

    Director of HUG Education and Research in South Korea

    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 with Min about postpartum depression in Asian women.) She has worked in breastfeeding clinics as a Lactation Counsellor and has lectured in Andong Science University and Daegu University. She is currently using the Korean translation of The HUG DVD on a research project in Seoul. Contact Min at