Helping Babies Breathe
As part of the Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance, we are increasing the availability of resuscitation to manage newborn asphyxia during birth.
How it Works
Providing Laerdal-developed upright vent mask, penguin suction devices, and clean birthing kits: basic equipment considered necessary for safe birth in the United States.
We are committed to providing initial training to birthing providers and continuing on-the-ground support to ensure adoption of proper techniques for a successful program.
Our training seminars also include ample practice time to ensure understanding and retention of life-saving curriculun.
We Help Babies Breathe
Spreading the knowledge needed to help babies live and thrive not only saves babies but gives people who would never have the chance to meet and work together a unique opportunity to gain important cultural understanding that is life changing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there volunteer opportunities?
We anticipate that we will have volunteer opportunities for medical professionals trained in the Helping Babies Survive program. We encourage prospective volunteers to attend Helping Babies Survive Training classes. We are planning a trip to Guatemala this summer – the date will be announced shortly.
Who have you trained?
We have trained doctors, nurses, and midwives. Midwives are very anxious to learn and want to participate in trainings. After the Sololá birthing center doctors and nurses are trained we plan to work with the Sololá ministry of health to train active midwives.
Do I have to speak Spanish
While speaking spanish is an asset, you do not have to speak spanish to participate. We cooperate with the professionals in Guatemala who conduct our training. We additionally have our trainer Ana who speaks both spanish and Kaqchikel. Having knowlegable professionals from the US and Canada is very helpful in the practice portions of our training. This is particularly important when we train indiginous midwives.