Faculty and Staff

Jan Tedder and Jim Henderson have been married for almost 40 years and know a lot about team work! Together they raised two amazing sons, built successful and satisfying careers as a nurse and an educator, and helped each other further personal interests in health care, education, community service, international travel, and the arts.

President of HUG Your Baby

Jan Tedder is a family nurse practitioner and lactation consultant with 40 years’ experience providing lactation and primary care services. She created HUG Your Baby, authored its five online courses and mentored and inspired Certified HUG Teachers and HUG Trainers around the world. Jan was honored as the North Carolina Maternal-Health Nurse of the Year, is a recipient of the World Wide Web Health Award, and is published in a number of peer-review journals.

Vice President of Research and Education

Jim Henderson, PhD, brings skills to HUG Your Baby as a teacher, editor, journalist and administrator with experience in public relations, publishing, education, 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). 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.

HUG Your Baby Trainers

(in alphabetical order)

Benedetta Costa, PT, CHT founded the Italian Association of Infant Massage (A.I.M.I.) in 1989 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 9,000-person membership. Benedetta is a physical therapist with almost 20 years of work with parents and babies in a NICU at the Gaslini Children Hospital in Genoa.  Benedetta presented HUG Your Baby workshops in Italy and Switzerland and distributes the Italian HUG DVD. Contact Benedetta at benecost@gmail.comRead about The HUG in Italy!


Vonda Gates, BS, RN, ICCE, ICD, CHT has been a childbirth educator since 1989 and was one of the first 20 DONA certified birth doulas. Vonda stays busy as an approved childbirth educator and birth doula trainer for the International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA) and has been recognized as a Mother-friendly Nurse. She is a frequent international conference speaker and enjoyed a number of teaching trips to China. Vonda has special training and passion on the subject of adult learners. She is delighted to be sharing her experiences in teaching adults at the first Evidence Based Birth (EBB) Conference.


Barbara 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 speaks 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 barbara@hotelling.net

Camille Smith, MS, EdS, CPD, CHT is an educational psychologist who was trained in the Brazelton NBAS exam and its counterpart for premature babies, the APIB. She initially worked with new families and babies transitioning from the NICU to home and then for years at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), where she designed curriculum for interventions with parents. Camille is the co-author of the Essential Package of Health and Developmental Services (EP) – an HIV parenting intervention resource used internationally. She is thrilled to be recently certified as a postpartum doula and looks forward to helping professionals integrate HUG Your Baby into their work. Contact Camille at dcamillesmith@protonmail.com

Gale Touger, BSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, IBCLC, 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 gale@touger.net.

HUG Research Advisor

Iranian CHT

Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN, CHT, earned 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 and works in Canada with plans to complete a DNP with a focus on neonatal nursing. In addition to pursuing her postgraduate studies, Maryam uses her research skills to develop evidence that documents the impact of The HUG on parents and professionals. Read about Maryam’s research.  Contact Maryam at smaryammozafari@yahoo.com.

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