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HUG Your Baby's International Outreach Tour begins June 2013!

Posted Jan 27 2013 12:27pm

What an opportunity!

Jan Tedder and her husband, Jim Henderson, are planning to take HUG Your Baby around the world! After more than thirty years of their much-loved day jobs as a nurse and an educator, Jan and Jim are renting their home, packing two small suitcases, and taking off to share their life's work with families in our greater (world) community. They will leave June 15, 2013, and will return in mid July 2014. (Click HERE and go to June to see their travel plans.)

Jan has contacted lactation, childbirth and parenting professionals, as well as nursing educators, about HUG Your Baby. She is delighted by the enthusiastic response of professionals engaged in the important work of supporting new and expectant parents. Thus far presentations are scheduled in nursing schools, parenting institutes, international conferences, lactation, childbirth and doula organization, and hospitals in:
Efforts are underway to offer HUG Your Baby training in Indonesia, Malaysia, Dubai, Israel, Cyprus, Switzerland, Denmark, UK.

Jim is traveling with his musical, Ariel's Way . He plans to meet with international schools and producers who might be interested in his adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest. In addition, Jim is entering retirement with a new (and, perhaps, not surprising) passion: educating and supporting new fathers. After years of editing Jan's HUG materials, and decades of being "Dad" to our now-grown sons, he wants to help new fathers be the good dads they long to be. "Dad's Got The HUG" has been conceived and will be growing towards birth during our year of travel and study. 

We plan on taking you with us -- in spirit and in stories. We will be researching and writing about parents' experiences world-wide and will share these stories in the HUG Your Baby blog. Jim has also promised to write a lullaby for each country we visit, so you are likely to get a taste of that as well.

We feel blessed by the people who have supported and encouraged us these many years, and who, so many important ways, have made possible our own growth and development. If you are reading this blog, you are one of those people. We will stay in touch as plans develop. And, do let us know if you have international contacts who would like to meet HUG Your Baby or learn about Ariel's Way!

P.S. Jan will be continuing to manage much of the HUG Your Baby activities via the Internet. She will have administrative assistance at home, and is happy to draw on HUG Your Baby Trainers, Gale Touger and Barbara Hotelling, who will continue to be available for speaking and teaching.
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