In one week, *Forty-Seven* nurses will be trained *for the first time* in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s essential newborn care protocol. Thirty two of these nurses are completely new to CleanBirth.org sponsored trainings and will receive training in the use and distribution of Clean Birth Kits. The returning 15 nurses will receive a refresher about Clean Birth Kits, the WHO training from Yale Nurses and a restock of their kits.
The goal of the midwifery trip – which is 75% funded by Yale and 25% by the midwives — are that nurses and village volunteers in Laos are able to:
1. move newborn to mother for skin to skin immediately after birth
2. count newborn respirations and heart beat
3. clear newborn airway of secretions if needed
4. position infant airway if needed
5. apply bag and mask positive pressure if needed
6. tie umbilical cord and cut with a clean blade
7. assist a mother position the newborn for breastfeeding
8. evaluate if the newborn has adequate breast milk intake
9. do a basic newborn physical exam
10. do a basic maternal postpartum exam
Here’s a look at the schedule:
We will be at the Salavan office Monday afternoon when we arrive from Thailand for preparation.
Tuesday we will train returning the 15 nurses.
Wed-Thurs we will train 32 nurses our hotel conference room.
Friday we will observe a Village Volunteer Training about Clean Birth Kits, conducted by our trained nurses.
Saturday we will visit the villages and clinics for the Yale midwives to assess local conditions at the clinics.
Sunday and Monday we will meet with Dr. Nong and her staff to work on capacity building of her staff.