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 who need it and continuing on-the-ground support to ensure adoption of techniques and success of the 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

The country is now open to visitors but still struggles with COVID-19. We expect that more people will get the vaccine now that it is approved for individuals over the age of 12 and hope to be back working in 2022.

We anticipate that we will have volunteer opportunities for medical professional trained in the Helping Babies Survive program. We encourage prospective volunteers to attend Helping Babies Survive Training classes so they will be prepared to volunteer when we resume training in 2022.

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.

We have trained doctors, nurses, and midwives. At the time the pandemic hit, we had scheduled to equip and train all doctors and nurses at the government run birthing centers in Sololá. We hope we will be able to resume our schedule in 2022.

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.