About Peter Cardellichio

Associate Director Global Health Media

Assessing and Referring a Small Baby

Our final three videos in the Small Baby Series cover routine assessment, recognition of danger signs, and referral. Regular assessment of a small baby is essential because a small baby’s health can change rapidly. When life-threatening problems and danger signs are identified, the baby needs to be stabilized and referred to a hospital immediately. These important topics are addressed in Routine Assessment of the Small Baby, Danger Signs in the Small Baby, and Referring a Small Baby.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Growth Charts and Feeding Volumes for a Small Baby

A small baby’s growth needs to be carefully monitored to make sure she is growing well. A Small Baby’s Growth Chart shows how to monitor the baby’s weight over time using a growth chart that we’ve made available for download. We devised a simple, non-math approach for determining the volume of milk a baby should receive over time by feeding tube or cup, which is explained in Providing the Right Volume of Milk. The 3rd video in this set—When the Small Baby Is Not Growing Well—shows how to assess the growth of a small baby and what actions to take if it’s not adequate.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Caring for a Small Baby at Home

Caring for a small baby at home begins with safely discharging the baby and preparing the family for her care. Once at home, there are five important ways to provide good care for the baby:  feed well, provide warmth, protect from sickness, show love, and be on the lookout for warning signs. Regular visits from a health worker can help identify problems early and provide important support for the mother and family. Our three newest videos—Discharging the Small Baby, Caring for the Small Baby at Home, and Home Visit to a Small Baby—address these important topics.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00February 17th, 2017|1 Comment

Skin-to-Skin Care: A Life-saving Practice for Small Babies

Our newest teaching films bring to life the life-saving practice of continuous skin-to-skin care—a key element of Kangaroo care—to support its widespread implementation as a standard of care for small babies and newborns.

Continuous Skin-to-Skin Care shows how to position the baby, secure her safely in a wrap, and care for her needs while in continuous skin-to-skin contact. This video is adapted for mothers and caregivers in Carrying Your Baby Skin-to-Skin. Examples of several wraps used around the world are demonstrated in Wrap Designs for Skin-to-Skin Care.

Last week we published three important films on keeping small babies warm, protecting them from infection, and establishing and maintaining a good milk supply to meet their needs.  All of our films on the care of small babies can be accessed at this LINK.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00February 9th, 2017|1 Comment

Caring for a Small Baby at Birth

Our three newest videos address the care of a small baby at birth. A small baby’s birth often can be predicted so Preparing for Birth shows how to prepare for their special needs. Since small babies are at risk of problems, Classifying the Small Baby at Birth shows how to classify a baby to determine the further care that is needed. Providing Essential Care at Birth shows the steps of caring for small babies with special attention to warmth and breathing.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Special challenges in breastfeeding small babies

Babies born too young or too small lack the strength and coordination to effectively suck and swallow. We have developed a set of videos that show and explain key practices that can help small babies on their feeding journey from feeding tube to cup to breast. Two of the videos, intended for health workers, help them support and guide mothers: A Small Baby’s Feeding Journey and Breastfeeding the Small Baby. The third video, Breastfeeding Your Small Baby, is adapted for mothers. This video shows mothers breastfeeding practices to meet the needs of their small or preterm babies.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00January 19th, 2017|2 Comments

Helping mothers care for their small or preterm babies

Two of the three videos we have just released on caring for small babies are focused on helping mothers: How to Express Your First Milk and Cup Feeding Your Small Baby. The third video—Expressing the First Milk—shows health workers how to teach this important skill to mothers.

Of the 25+ videos in the Small Baby Series, five are designed specifically for mothers. The series shows the key practices that health workers and mothers need to know to care for small babies in resource-constrained settings. The remaining videos will become available—three at a time—over the next month or so.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00January 9th, 2017|1 Comment

New videos for small baby care

We are delighted to announce the release of the first 3 videos in our new series on care of small babies: Cup Feeding, Inserting a Nasogastric Tube, and Feeding with a Nasogastric Tube. With prematurity now the leading cause of death for children under five, it’s our hope that these videos—designed to teach health workers and mothers in low-resource settings—will help demystify and improve the quality of care of small and preterm babies.

The Small Baby Series, which consists of 25+ short videos, was filmed in Bangladesh, Uganda, and Nepal. Working in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, we developed the content to complement their Essential Care for Small Babies curriculum (2015) which is based on the latest WHO guidelines. The videos have been reviewed by a number of newborn experts, including those from AAP and WHO, to ensure they demonstrate international best practices. We are grateful to the Laerdal Foundation for supporting this project.

2019-04-25T20:11:17+00:00December 22nd, 2016|4 Comments

The Story of Ebola wins first place

The MY HERO International Film Festival is now underway, and The Story of Ebola has won 1st place in the Educational Category. The Festival celebrates those who create positive social change using media, art, and technology.

This is the 10th award received by The Story of Ebola. The film is an animated narrative made for “at risk” communities, especially for populations in West Africa experiencing the Ebola epidemic. It makes visible the invisible Ebola germs to help people see and understand how Ebola spreads and how to protect themselves. The film was made in collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF, and Yoni Goodman.

2019-04-25T20:11:18+00:00November 19th, 2016|1 Comment

World Prematurity Day is November 17

Preterm birth is now the leading cause of death for children under five. One in ten babies are born too soon, often with devastating consequences for the baby and family. World Prematurity Day raises awareness of this problem and what is being done about it.

Global Health Media Project will soon release a series of videos to help health workers care for preterm babies in poor countries. These videos teach basic interventions—such as kangaroo mother care, alternative feeding methods, and infection prevention—that can save the lives of many of these babies. The videos demystify the care of small babies—often intimidating to health workers and mothers—and also model caring behavior and tenderness.

The videos complement the new global curriculum called Essential Care of Small Babies developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). AAP is providing technical support on this video series which has partial funding from the Laerdal Foundation.

2019-04-25T20:11:18+00:00November 17th, 2016|0 Comments