'Helping Babies Breathe' program may help save newborns' lives, studies show

Published on January 24, 2013 at 3:34 AM · No Comments

"Training midwives and other birth attendants to help babies start breathing immediately after birth may prevent stillbirths and newborn deaths in the developing world, two new studies suggest," Reuters reports, noting, "So-called birth asphyxia -- when babies are born not breathing -- is one of the major causes of newborn death in regions with limited resources, researchers said." According to the news service, both studies focused on the Helping Babies Breathe program, which, "launched by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), trains birth attendants to immediately dry and warm babies -- and to start breathing for babies with a bag and mask if they don't breathe on their own within one minute" (Pittman, 1/21). The results of the studies, "one in India and the other in Tanzania, [were] published online January 21 in Pediatrics," Medscape Medical News writes (Hand, 1/21).

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