Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. It is an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), US Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and a number of other global health organizations.
The objective of HBB is to train birth attendants in developing countries in the essential skills of newborn resuscitation, with the goal of having at least one person who is skilled in neonatal resuscitation at the birth of every baby.
How is HBB different than NRP?
Both HBB and the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) are based on the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) guidelines; however, they are designed for different care environments, especially with respect to resources.
HBB's point of entry often, but not exclusively, will be at the interface of resource limited health system infrastructure with individual births and their multidisciplinary birth attendants, including traditional birth attendants (TBAs).
HBB is appropriate for resource-limited circumstances. In situations where resources (human and technical) will support NRP, it should be taught and encouraged. There will be countries where both programs coexist. Since they have the same foundation, system integration should not be an issue.
It is anticipated that each geographic area that is interested in NRP and HBB will do their own self-assessment to determine which curriculum to use and how to integrate.
In Canada, NRP is administered by the Canadian Paediatric Society and is designed to teach individuals and teams who may be required to resuscitate newborn babies. NRP course content is evidence-based and is delivered across Canada in both English and French. The Canadian Paediatric Society NRP Research Grant and Young Investigator Award is open to US applicants, and awards up to $25,000 (CAD$) annually.