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 for decades studied the work of the 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 a teacher, editor, journalist and administrator with experience in public relations, publishing, and fund raising. He earned an undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College, a master's degree at Columbia University (New York), 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 also works 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
Jan Tedder, BSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, IBCLC, CHT and President of HUG Your Baby. (See above.) Contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gale Touger, BSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, CHT, is the first HUG Your Baby Trainer. She has worked professionally with families for more than 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. Gale is certified in Brazelton's Touchpoints and the Brazelton Center's CLNBAS teaching exam (now known as the NBO) and integrates The HUG into her work as a nurse practitioner in Beaufort, SC. 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 email@example.com.
bara Hotelling, MSN, Woman's Health Nurse Practitioner, 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 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). She 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.
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. 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 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 has brought HUG Your Baby to numerous cities in Asia-Pacific and is a distributor for HUG resources. Contact Barb at email@example.com. Read about The HUG in Australia.
Iran's Program Director of HUG Your Baby:
Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN, (see photo above) 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 website. She works as a NICU nurse and serves as HUG's Research Advisor.
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. She is an Assistant Professor at St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Tokyo, and created the Japanese HUG website and Facebook page. Contact Yoko at email@example.com Read about The HUG in Japan.
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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.
Thailand's HUG Your Baby Distributor: Meena Sobsamai is a nurse-midwife and lactation consultant (IBCLC) in Bangkok. She has decades of experience providing prenatal, delivery and antenatal care in Thailand and has contributed to the leadership team for the Childbirth and Breastfeeding Foundation of Thailand and Thailand's WHO Baby-Friendly Initiative. She developed "BirthaBaby," a company that educates parents and professionals and markets beautiful, hand-made childbirth teaching materials. Meena will soon be distributing the Thai HUG Your Baby DVD. Contact Meena at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read about The HUG in Thailand.