Helping Babies Breathe

Helping Babies Breathe


Some one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (inability to breathe immediately after delivery), chiefly in low-resource locations. Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)  is an evidence-based educational program to teach basic neonatal resuscitation techniques in such settings. It was developed on the premise that straightforward newborn care can save many lives.


The Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer Course curriculum is designed to be used as part of a coordinated educational approach to early neonatal care, and can be effectively combined with other curricula such as management of maternal delivery. HBB can be locally taught to birth attendants in diverse venues and locations, and focuses on practices that all persons who care for babies at birth can learn – with emphasis on respiratory support. This one day Master Trainer/Facilitator Course is for those seeking to implement the Helping Babies Breathe programs in conjunction with local, regional and national health initiatives in resource limited settings. This is also a practical skill set that can inspire future global health volunteerism.


HBB is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and a number of other global health organizations.