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When, Why and How to Breathe for Baby at Birth: More than Neonatal Resuscitation and the Failures in Resuscitation

by Karen H. Strange, CPM, AAP/NRP Instructor, CKC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: MANA 2019

The transition babies experience as they emerge from the womb and become air breathers is often not well understood by many birth professionals. This lecture will create a clear visual image and understanding of what is happening for the baby, as she takes her first breaths and shifts from oxygenating through the placenta and cord to beginning to use her lungs and breathing air. The successful adaptation to extrauterine life is the necessity of clearing fetal lung fluid. This is a transition that all babies must do when they are born, regardless of cord status.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Participants will be able list the most likely resolution to a baby in respiratory distress or in need of neonatal resuscitation. They will be able to describe how to give the first few breaths in the gentlest, least interventive way;

Objective 2: Participants will be able to list the signs of respiratory distress and how to assist the newborn in their transition to becoming full air breathers;

Objective 3: Participants will be able to describe how baby’s shift or transition from oxygenating through the placenta and cord to breathing with their lungs.

Categories: Neonatal Resuscitation,