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

medical person showing a volunteer how to help newborns start breathing

Proper Equipment

Providing Laerdal-developed upright vent mask, penguin suction devices, and clean birthing kits: basic equipment considered necessary for safe birth in the United States.

Proper Training

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.

Proper Practice

Our training seminars also include ample practice time to ensure understanding and retention of life-saving curriculun.

learning how to help newborn babies start breathing

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

We have scheduled a Helping Babies Breathe training in Panajachel, Guatemala, on during the week of July 2, 2023. This is our first training program since the start of COVID-19 in 2020. If you are trained in Helping Babies Breathe and are interested in participating as a trainer, please contact us.

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.

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.