Newborn Care

“The use of [Newborn Care] has resulted in a significant improvement in the knowledge and skills in caring for the newborn among the midwives tested.” – Dr David Greenfield, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town

“All clinical staff working with very low birth weight infants should study either the Newborn Care Manual, or the Primary Newborn Care Manual, of the Perinatal Education Programme.” – Saving Babies 2003–2005: Fifth Perinatal Care Survey of South Africa

Recommended by the Department of Health in “A District Hospital Service Package for South Africa: A set of norms and standards, 2002”

Newborn Care is a comprehensive learning programme for health workers providing special care for newborn infants in level 2 hospitals. It covers:

  • resuscitation at birth
  • assessing infant size and gestational age
  • routine care and feeding of both normal and high-risk infants
  • the prevention, diagnosis and management of hypothermia, hypoglycaemia, jaundice, respiratory distress, infection, trauma, bleeding and congenital abnormalities
  • communication with parents.

This programme includes practical skills chapters on:

  • resuscitation
  • size measurement
  • history, examination and clinical notes
  • nasogastric feeds
  • intravenous infusions
  • using incubators
  • measuring blood glucose concentration
  • inserting umbilical vein catheters
  • phototherapy
  • apnoea monitors
  • oxygen therapy and CPAP.

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-920218-28-7
ISBN (reflowable ebook): 978-1-928313-08-3
ISBN (international edition): 978-1-717898-19-7

About the series editor

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, Prof David Woods consulted to UNICEF and the WHO, and is developing distance-learning courses and innovative, power-free medical devices for health professionals in under-resourced countries.

Acknowledgements for Newborn Care

We acknowledge all the participants of Newborn Care courses who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of Perinatal Education Programme courses can be improved.

Editor-in-Chief of the Perinatal Education Programme: Prof D L Woods

Editor of Newborn Care: Prof D L Woods

Contributors to Newborn Care: Dr D H Greenfield, Prof G Theron, Prof H de Groot, Ms H Louw, Dr N Rhoda, Ms M Petersen, Prof P Henning, Prof C Pieper, Dr A Horn, Dr M Hann.

Cover photograph: Dr Harris Steinman

Illustrations: Mary Hann and Anne Westoby

The original production costs of this book were generously funded by Eduhealthcare, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving healthcare education.