We have just released 8 new videos on breastfeeding. This set of videos has been developed for health workers so that they can learn about breastfeeding best practices, how to better observe mothers breastfeeding, and how to manage common breastfeeding problems. These videos are intended to give health workers the knowledge and skills they need to guide mothers to be more effective and confident with breastfeeding with the aim of enabling more mothers to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months of age.
“R’shi women in Northern Laos traditionally cut the umbilical cord with a bamboo knife, put charcoal under it while cutting, and then put hot cobwebs on it,” said Pascale Chantavong, who works with the NGO World Renew. “They would tie the umbilical cord to the mother’s foot, afraid that it could go back inside, and give the baby a bath soon after the birth.”
Chantavong used videos from Global Health Media Project’s newborn care film series to demonstrate a safer way to cut the cord, and to explain how drying the baby thoroughly and providing skin-to-skin contact on the first day, instead of a bath, promotes infant health more effectively. Read the full Blog on Save the Children’s Healthy Newborn Network.
Our “Danger Signs in Newborns” video was used in a study in Eastern Uganda which clearly demonstrated the crucial contribution that videos can make in teaching mothers basic information about health care. The video was narrated in Lusoga for the more than 600 mothers who participated in this research. According to principal investigator Juliet N. Mutanda, there was a dramatic increase in the number of women who could identify danger signs in a newborn after video training, compared with a control group that did not use the video.
The study was conducted by Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda with support from Grand Challenges Canada. The ongoing research is now examining the extent to which this improved knowledge carries through to changes in health-seeking practice.