During each visit, Newborn Resuscitation with hands-on instruction is reinforced. Susan Hill, CRNA has been instrumental in leading the trainings in that include midwives and medical staff at Magale HC4. This has expanded to 12 surrounding health centers in the Manafwa District.
The Newborn Warming Pilot Project was aimed at increasing awareness as well as encouraging temperature monitoring of the newborn. A “Thermospot” crystalline thermometer (photo right) that changes color according to temperature was used on each newborn delivered at the clinic. Charts are mounted on the walls next to patient’s beds showing how to “read” the infant’s temperature based on color changes. Mothers are given a hat and blanket as a reminder of the importance of keeping their babies warm. A special thanks to all the women at home in the US who supply all the hats and blankets.
Physician Assistant student from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA along with Charles from Magale lead the discussion on breast feeding. Midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants are key in helping new mothers understand the value of successful breast feeding.
Oct. 2014. Dr. James Crawford leading one of the first newborn resuscitation clinics.