Why We Teach the “Helping Babies Breathe” Course

According to UNICEF Cambodia, the number of newborns who die each year remains unacceptably high, as an estimated 10,000 babies die during or shortly after delivery each year. The WHO estimates that many babies die from birth asphyxia (eg. inability to breathe immediately after delivery). Babies are dying due to complications at birth in addition to lack of postpartum care. Few women visit health facilities for routine yet potentially life-saving health check-ups for their babies because they lack the funds or are unaware of the benefits. Unclean cord care based on cultural practices also leads to infection, which further contributes to newborn deaths. This is why we are passionate about training birth attendants in developing countries such as Cambodia in the essential skills of newborn resuscitation through the “Helping Babies Breathe Course”, with the goal of having at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every baby.