I wanted to give everyone an update after the maternal mortality and postpartum hemorrhage blogs. About six months ago I was over at Alyssa’s house and we were discussing a course she was teaching called “Helping Babies Breathe.” It’s a pretty awesome way of distilling newborn resuscitation down into a few simple, easy steps that can have a profound impact on short term and long term survival for babies. A company called Laerdal Global developed the curriculum and sells newborn models (complete with lungs, pulsating umbilical cord, etc) at cost to developing countries with high neonatal mortality rates. They are called “NeoNatalies,” ha ha. She was essentially teaching me the course because unlike in the US, the delivering nurse or obstetrician is usually the person who does the newborn resuscitation, not the pediatrician (see previous post about the “Knock at the Door” and response times....).
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this project! Hopefully in the future we can expand this training not only to med students, but nurses, nursing students, and midwives as well. There’s a lot of potential in this country...much change is needed, but we are already starting to see some fruits as well.