BabyHUGS is the most well-established of our mother-infant relationship programs, and was developed to be implemented following treatment of maternal postnatal depression (PND). BabyHUGS has two other variants.
Our second program is an expanded version of BabyHUGS, with a focus on running the program in the community, CommunityHUGS is a 10 session therapeutic playgroup. Our third program, PremieHUGS is designed for mothers and their premature infants. A mother-infant dance therapy program – Intuitive Mothering – is also well established and regularly offered.
BabyHUGS is a four session intervention program designed for women and their infants and follows on from the Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression program. Treating the mother-infant relationship is often most effective after a mother has begun to recover from her depression. BabyHUGS focuses on assisting mothers to become more fully engaged and attuned to their infant. BabyHUGS comprises four sessions, which include: play and physical contact to promote parent-infant engagement; a focus on observing and understanding infant cues; and, the examination of parental responses to infant cues. BabyHUGS comprises four sessions, which include: play and physical contact to promote parent-infant engagement; a focus on observing and understanding infant cues; the examination of parental responses to infant cues; and a session to put it all together. BabyHUGS has been previously researched and results demonstrated a rapid decline in parenting stress.
For more information, contact us on (03) 9496 4496 to speak to one of our friendly staff.