As a midwife in Cerro de Pasco, Perú, Catherine’s proudest moments are the minutes after successfully resuscitating newborns. Infant fatalities are a grim reality in the delivery room, but she has saved many newborns and is determined to save more.
“Neonatal resuscitation is a precise and time-pressured practice. Without the highest standards of training, the consequences are irreversible. That’s why I enrolled in HBI’s Neonatal Resuscitation Training Program. It helped me systematically approach the proper steps to infant CPR, and equipped me to save more babies,” she shares.
With thousands of live births in Perú unattended by skilled professionals, the role of experts like Catherine, not just in the delivery room but also in training others in neonatal resuscitation, is crucial. The NRTP trains them to train others, creating a life-saving ripple effect in Perú’s hospitals and birth centers. Francisco León Reyes, midwife in Chachapollas agrees that “training the trainers” is strategic. He’s seen nursing technicians on the field provide critical support to medical professionals after he trained them, which helps effectively lower infant mortality.