Investigación sobre HUG Your Baby


HUG Your Baby designated an “Evidence-Based” Program by the “Healthy Start EPIC Center”.

Published Articles Reviewing Literature Used to Develop HUG Your Baby:

This article describes the background used to develop The HUG. The three HUG Strategies: “Start Here, not There”, “See, then Share”, and “Gaze, then Engage”, are also discussed. Tedder, J. & Register, N. (2007). The HUG: An innovative approach to pediatric nursing care. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 43(4), 210-214.

This article describes the medical and child development background used to develop HUG Your Baby. Case studies demonstrate the use of these concepts and materials with young families. Tedder, J. (2008). Give The HUG: An innovative approach to helping parents understand the language of their newborn. Journal of Perinatal Education, 17(2), 14-20.

This article reviews the developmental events from birth to one year, that when misunderstood, can impact breastfeeding duration. Resources to educate new families are offered. Tedder, J. (2015). The Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success: Teaching Child development to extend breastfeeding duration. Journal of Perinatal Education. 24(4), 239-248.

Published Research on HUG Your Baby

Teaching for Birth and Beyond: Incorporating Online Learning about Newborn Behavior into the Training of Childbirth, Lactation, and Doula Professionals

100% of participants confirm that: “This program gave me helpful tools and strategies for teaching parents about newborn behavior;” “This online learning format was easy to follow;” “I would recommend this course to colleagues.” Tedder, J. (2012). Teaching for birth and beyond: Online program incorporated into a birthing and parenting certification. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 27(3), 65-68.

Supporting Fathers in a NICU: Effects of the HUG Your Baby Program on Fathers’ Understanding of Preterm Infant Behavior 

This study confirms that when fathers with preterm infants are taught the HUG Your Baby material their knowledge of infant behavior increases. Kadivar, M. & Mozafarinia, M. (2013). Supporting fathers in a NICU: Effects of the HUG Your Baby program on father’s understanding of preterm infant behavior. Journal of Perinatal Education, 22(2), 113-119.

Development of a Toolkit for Implementation and Evaluation of the “HUG Your Baby” Program in a Non-profit Community Setting

Researcher successfully developed a “Toolkit” that increased attendance to a parenting program and enhanced volunteer’s confidence to teach HUG Your Baby. Hughes, K. (2017). Development of a Toolkit for implementation and Evaluation of the “HUG Your Baby” Program in a Non-profit Community Setting. Global Nursing e-Repository. May.

HUG Your Baby: Web-Based Program to Help Nursing Students Understand and Teach Parents about Infant Behavior

This research confirmed that the introductory two-hour online HUG course increased student nurses’ knowledge of infant behavior and their confidence to teach new parents. Alden, K. (2018). A Web-based Module to Enhance BSN Students’ Knowledge and Confidence in Teaching Parents about Newborn Behavior. Journal of Perinatal Education. 27(2), 104-114

Online Education for WIC Professionals: Teaching Child Development to Extend Breastfeeding Duration

After completing a two-hour online course, WIC participants demonstrated increased knowledge of how child development impacts breastfeeding, expressed a stronger intention to teach parents about normal child behavior, and reported greater confidence to do so. The course was viewed as evidence-based, its online format was well-received, and participants would recommend it to colleagues. Tedder, J. & Quintana, E. (2018). Online education for WIC professionals: Teaching child development to extend breastfeeding duration. Clinical Lactation, 9(3), 108-118.

Implementing a Parent Education Program [HUG] in the Special Care Nursery

This pilot study demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in maternal stress and a statistically significant increase in maternal confidence for postpartum mothers of preterm infants born at less than 35 weeks gestation who received HUG Your Baby teaching. Hunter, L., Blake, S., Simmons, C., Thompson, J. & Derouin, A. (2018). Implementing a parent education program in the Special Care Nursery. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Aug. 23, 1-7.

HUG Your Baby: Evidence Based Support Tool for Early Child Rearing

This article reviews components of HUG Your Baby program, Japanese nursing faculty’s response to this program, and the potential of the HUG Your Baby’ program to positively impact young Japanese families. Shimpuku, Y. and Tedder, J. (2103). HUG Your Baby: Evidence-based support tool for early child rearing. (2013). Japanese Journal of Nursing Education 54(12): 1114-1118.

Developing the Japanese HUG Your Baby Program

This article is an overview of bringing HUG Your Baby to Japan. It describes the program, what materials are translated into Japanese and the research underway to access the impact of HUG Your Baby on Japanese families. Iida, M., Shimpuku, Y., Tanimoto, K., Matsunaga, M. & Horiuchi, S. (2017). Developing the Japanese HUG (Help-Understanding-Guidance) Your Baby” program. Journal of Japanese Academic Midwifery 31(2), 187-194.

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