Nearly one million newborns die each year because they are born too small or too soon, making premature birth the leading cause of death for children under five. Many of these deaths could be prevented with simple interventions that can be taught well with video, yet there were no videos available that specifically address the care of small babies.

The Small Baby Series helps fill this gap. The video content follows the Essential Care for Small Babies curriculum (2015) developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and 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.

While the majority of this series is designed for health workers, several videos are for mothers to help them care for their babies at home.

Primary Source

Essential Care of Small Babies, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015

Medical Experts

Dr. Susan Niermeyer, Pediatric Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital, USA; Editor, Helping Babies Breathe

Dr. Nalini Singhal, Neonatologist, Pediatrics Professor, Alberta Health Services, Canada; Editor, Essential Care for Small Babies

Dr. Beena Kamath-Rayne, Neonatologist, Associate Professor, Cincinnati Hospital Medical Center, USA; Contributing editor, Essential Care for Small Babies

Dr. Yvonne Vaucher, Neonatologist, University of California, San Diego, USA

Dr. Helenlouise Taylor, Pediatrician, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Karen Hays, CNM, Adjunct Faculty, Midwifery Department, Bastyr University, USA

Dr. Dave Woods, Neonatologist, Perinatal Education Program, South Africa

Dr. David Southall, Pediatrician, Medical Director – Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International, UK

Collaborators at Clinical Sites

Uganda: Debbie Lester, Adara Development, and staff at Kiwoko Hospital
Nepal: Dr. Kalpana Subedi, Paropakar Prasuti Griha Maternity Hospital
Bangladesh: Dr. Louise Tina Day, LAMB Hospital
USA: Mary Ingvoldstad, University of Vermont Medical Center

On-site Medical Experts

Mary Ingvoldstad, RN (Vermont) in Uganda
Dr. Kathleen Marinelli (Connecticut) in Bangladesh

Health Worker “Actresses/Actors”

Lipi Roy, senior nurse, Bangladesh
Lipi Biswas, nursing officer, Bangladesh
Christine Otai, head neonatal nurse, Uganda
Hilda Namakula, neonatal nurse, Uganda
Josephine Nakakande, neonatal nurse, Uganda
Dr. Megha Mishra Bajracharya, pediatrician, Nepal
Sabina Shrestha Guragain, neonatal nurse, Nepal


English:  Charlotte Blake Alston
Spanish:  Maria Alexandra Granja
French:  Jeanne Bernier


Edmund Earle, Edgeworx Designs, New York, USA
Alina Popescu, freelance animator, Bucharest, Romania


A grant from the Laerdal Foundation was instrumental in making the Small Baby Series possible. We’d also like to thank our friends and neighbors in the Mad River Valley of Vermont—and beyond—for their steady support for our film series.

We would like to acknowledge Eileen Schoen, Program Manager at the American Academy of Pediatrics, for helping to coordinate technical support with the AAP editorial team.