The HUG is an evidence-based, innovative, and family-friendly program to help expectant and new parents:
•understand the body language of their newborn, and
•use this information to prevent and solve common problems with a newborn’s sleeping, eating, crying, and with parent-child bonding and attachment.
•Parent-child bonding is enhanced when parents can read their baby’s body language.
•Effective patient education promotes parent satisfaction.
•Satisfied parents feel they are "heard" by staff and are more open to "hearing" what childcare providers have to say.
•Satisfied parents refer friends and family to a facility.
Ideas for incorporating The HUG into your childcare center...
•ProvideThe HUG ONLINE course for your staff. Course describes the primary concepts of The HUG, presents real-life scenarios using this recourse, and prepares childcare professionals to share this information with young families.
Fee: $35 (Purchase information here). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for discount for 10 professionals or more.
Two Hours of Continuing education credit is provided by the NC Dept of HHS, Division of Child Development.
•Provide The HUG Parent Education DVD in childcare center's library or classroom for staff and parents.
•Refer parents and staff to The HUG parent education Website, Blog, and Newsletters
•Offer HUG Teacher Certification for interested staff who want to show leadership in care of little babies.
What research was used to develop The HUG?
The HUG was based on the medical and child development literature of Drs. T. B. Brazelton, M. & P. Klaus, M. Lamb, M. & H. Papousek, B. Howard, R. Sturner and others. This research and Ms. Tedder’s materials have been presented at national and international conferences and published in JOGNN, MCN, and Journal of Perinatal Education. Formal clinical evaluation of The HUG is now in progress.