American Academy Of Pediatrics Launches New Global Initiative Helping Babies Breathe

Excerpt from David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer 
Sunday, June 20, 2010

It's been called the most dangerous minute of the most dangerous day of a person's life. For 829,000 babies each year, it's the beginning of the end.

In the first minute after birth, an infant must inhale, pop open millions of microscopic air sacs and take the first of numberless breaths that will sustain life for decades. For the majority of newborns, this happens naturally. Some, however, require help and in too many places around the world, they're not getting it.

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As it states on www.helpingbabiesbreathe.org,

Our Mission

To develop and implement an evidence-based curriculum, adaptable to clinical and training use wherever babies are born.

The Curriculum

Helping Babies Breathe is a neonatal resuscitation curriculum for resource-limited circumstances. It was developed on the premise that assessment at birth and simple newborn care are things that every baby deserves. The initial steps taught in HBB can save lives and give a much better start to many babies who struggle for oxygen at birth. The focus is to meet the needs of every baby born.

Visit www.helpingbabiesbreathe.org to learn more.