Health, Maternal and Newborn Health
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Helping Newborn Babies Breathe

The moment when a baby is born and screams his or her first cry is known as the Golden Moment. For many women and babies, this expected joyous moment never arrives. The World Health Organization estimates that one million babies die each year from pre-term birth complications. Asphyxia or the inability to take a breath after birth is one of the primary causes. With the proper healthcare, many of these deaths can be prevented. Fortunately, there is a life saving solution that is available to train midwives and other skilled birth attendants.

Helping Babies Breathe is an evidence-based  program that teaches and trains skilled birth attendants and midwives neonatal techniques in resource-limited areas. Helping Babies Breathe aims to ensure all babies are born with a trained birth attendant. The program utilizes a baby named NeoNatalie. NeoNatalie designed by Laerdal Global Health, enables midwives to receive life-like training on how to prevent asphyxia.

Joy Marini, Executive Director, Maternal and Child Health, for Johnson and Johnson Corporate Contributions and Frances Day-Stirk, President of International Confederation of Midwives opened today’s engaging and interactive workshop on Helping Newborn Babies Breathe.

Here are some highlights from the workshop:

How long can you hold your breath? For newborns one minute is a matter of life and death.

Prisca Ringia, a midwife from Tanzania representing Bugando Medical Center, led midwives through an interactive workshop with NeoNatalie.

Debrah Lewis, Vice President of ICM answers the question: How does the Helping Babies Breathe program help midwives save newborn lives?

Pushkar Ingale, Designer, Laerdal Global Health, India, answers the question: How can design make a difference to saving newborn lives?

Laerdal Global Health makes innovative products to improve the health of mothers and babies worldwide.

Mr. Laerdal, President of Laerdal Global displays Kangaroo Care and their breastfeeding model.

Mr. Laerdal demonstrating kangaroo mother care. #EveryNewborn #ICMLive

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Dr. Susan Niermeyer encourages all midwives to learn about the Helping Babies Breathe program.



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