My highlight of HUG training was not only the specific feedback that HUG has added to my postpartum visits as a birth doula, but the potential for facilitating multi-generational support in families. It is an excellent way to start discussions and “broadcasting” offers a way to specifically affirm positive behaviors without appearing intrusive.
I chose to conduct my “practice” HUG class for two birthing couples in December, after a joint baby shower. The couples share one set of grandparents. My intended class of four shrank immediately to three because one birth father decided not to attend, but within a few minutes it grew exponentially when an assortment of grandparents, close family friends, as well as a young teenaged aunt and her best friend decided to pile in for the class.