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Award-Winning Continuing Education Program
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while Jan is teaching out of the country

HUG Your Baby Training is an innovative approach to helping parents understand their baby’s body language in order to prevent and solve problems around a baby’s eating, sleeping, crying, and parent-child attachment.


Learn about three newborn Zones (Resting, Ready, & Rebooting Zone) and how to get babies to the best Zone for eating, playing and sleeping. Identify and respond effectively to a newborn’s “SOSs” (Signs of Over-Stimulation) which include body changes in color, movement, and breathing; and behavioral changes: “Spacing Out,” Switching Off,” & “Shutting Down.”


Skill building enhanced by review of child development literature, sharing of engaging real-life stories,  analysis of video clips, demonstration of HUG techniques,  group and individual practice and problem solving, role playing, and evaluating case studies. 


Feedback about this class:

"This HUG class gave my nurse midwife students a new perspective on how to help parents understand and interact with their babies. 'I will never think the same way about babies again!' one explains." -Trish Payne, CNM, Duke University Durham, NC


"Doulas have the joy and responsibility to support parents at this  most vulnerable time in their lives. The HUG helps us talk the talk of new moms and dads." ...Marcia Thuermer, Triangle Mothercare Doula Service, Raleigh, NC

Objectives of workshop:

Outline of Training:

1)     Introduction: History of child development’s view of what influences the developing child: nature vs nurture

2)     Securely vs Anxious vs Insecure Attachment: Consequences for babies and parents

3)     Fathering: Metasynthesis on fathers and infants

4)     HUG Strategies: Start Here, not There, See, then Share (“Broadcasting” and “Commentating”), Gaze, then Engage   (“Goodness of Fit” and “Sticky Points”)

5)     Does language used for teaching matter? (Be clear, concrete, and associate new idea with familiar ideas)

6)     Describe three HUG Zones (or states): Resting Zone, Ready Zone Rebooting Zone (“Almost” refers to in-between Zones)

a)     Reasons it is important that babies develop stable and distinct Zones

b)     What is “self-regulation” – finding homeostasis, meeting the routine challenges of stimulation from the world, centering oneself, “Getting to where they’re going!”

7)     Describe newborn’s SOSs (Signs of Over-Stimulation) or stress response and explain how this information will help parents.

a)     Body SOS (Change in color – red or pale, Change in breathing – irregular or choppy, Changes in movement – jerky or tremors

b)     Behavioral SOS ("Switching Off" -gaze aversion, "Spacing Out" -going from the Ready Zone toward the Resting Zone, "Shutting Down" -going from drowsy to the Resting Zone

8)     Helping the crying baby

a) Research on crying and longterm impact of excessive crying

b) Excessive crying, What is normal crying, “Learned Helplessness”

c)      “What T.O. Do”: “T” – Talk to baby, “O” – Observe, “Do” actions: Step-wise approach

9)     Helping a baby sleep well

a)     Influences on sleep: Development of types of sleep, of circadian rhythm, Parent’s care

b)     Consequences of poor sleep - Postpartum Depression

c)    Deep/still vs Active/light sleep. 60% time in Active/Light sleep

d)    Impact of misunderstanding Deep/Still sleep

e)    Sleep cycles of the early baby

10)  Helping a baby eat well

a)     Research on why mothers stop breastfeeding by baby's age: persistent "Baby is not satisfied."

b)    Mothers continue breastfeeding when they see their baby as “satisfied”

c)     Watch Zone and SOSs: Comfort a baby who “Spaces Out” or “Shuts Down” at feeding time.

d)    Wait until baby gets to Active/Light sleep to arouse baby to eat.

11)  Describe the range of a normal newborn’s ability to respond to visual and auditory stimulation

a)     Father's vie of newborn

b)    Steps to paying attention – Quieting, turning, looking

c)     Help parent see capabilities and how to engage with baby will enhance parent-child relationship

d)     Babies can’t multitask