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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.

January 19th, 2017||0 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.

January 9th, 2017||0 Comments

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.

December 22nd, 2016||2 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.

November 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.

November 17th, 2016||0 Comments

Rollout of updated Helping Babies Breathe

Deb Van Dyke attended the rollout of the updated Helping Babies Breathe curriculum, held November 1−2 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2nd edition of HBB includes scientific updates, expanded education advice, strengthened implementation guidance, and new quality improvement resources. Key updates include de-emphasis of suctioning and an added option of delayed cord clamping. The meeting was sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and LDS Charities.

November 10th, 2016||1 Comment

GHMP videos featured at WHO/UNICEF breastfeeding congress

The 25th anniversary of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was celebrated at the BFHI Congress, hosted by WHO and UNICEF in Geneva (October 24-26, 2016). Global Health Media videos were shown throughout the meeting—in English, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Many of the 300+ participants, who came from 133 countries, were introduced to the videos for the first time.

BFHI was established in 1991 to help “protect, promote and support” breastfeeding. Over 20,000 facilities worldwide have been designated as Baby-Friendly facilities.

November 4th, 2016||0 Comments

GHMP lightning talk at Global Nursing Caucus Conference

Breastfeeding support can be provided at scale and at very low cost using teaching videos. This was the main point of Peter Cardellichio’s lightning talk, given at the Global Nursing Caucus Conference on October 15, 2016. The lack of breastfeeding support available to new mothers worldwide is one of the key reasons more mothers aren’t successful in exclusively breastfeeding their babies until they are six months old.

The conference—organized by Seed Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Global Nursing Caucus—brought together nurse leaders, clinicians, and educators from around the world to discuss the critical role of nurses in strengthening health systems. The conference provided opportunities for nurses and other health colleagues to share best practices and core competencies for global health and inter-professional education.

October 17th, 2016||1 Comment

GHMP videos shared at WABA Forum

Our breastfeeding videos—now available in Malay—were presented at the WABA Global Breastfeeding Partner Forum (Oct 2-5, 2016, held in Malaysia) by Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi. Kamariah shared her experience in using the videos to help train breastfeeding counselors in the skills they need to guide and assist their peers.

The videos were translated into Malay by Kamariah and several other volunteers from the Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Association. Kamariah also narrated the videos and received local support from the BOM Production recording studio.

October 11th, 2016||0 Comments

World Breastfeeding Week is here: Help us reach more mothers

Support more mothers learning how to breastfeed by spreading the word about our breastfeeding videos—soon in over 20 languages!

Organizations and individuals around the world have embraced our series of videos that teach mothers how to breastfeed. After last summer’s release of the original versions in English, French, Spanish and Swahili, other organizations—including many volunteers—have been extending our reach by translating and narrating the videos into nearly 20 additional languages. Breastfeeding videos are now available in Nepali, Lao, Hmong, Khmu, Malay, Vietnamese, Kinyarwanda, and Slovak, and soon we will have versions in Haitian Creole, Tetum, Turkish, Italian, Burmese, Shan, Po-O, Karen, Rohyinga.

Our goal is to reach as many people as possible with our “how-to” videos on breastfeeding. If you would like to partner with us to translate them into even more languages, please contact us. The more languages we have, the more we can contribute to worldwide breastfeeding success!

August 4th, 2016||0 Comments
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