Primary Newborn Care

“An essential tool in the initial and ongoing training and teaching of any healthcare worker.” — Prof Miriam Adhikari, South African Journal of Child Health

“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

Primary Newborn Care equips nurses, midwives and doctors to provide primary care for newborn infants in level 1 clinics and hospitals. It covers:

  • the care of infants at birth
  • care of normal infants
  • care of low-birth-weight infants
  • neonatal emergencies
  • management of important problems and
  • common minor problems in newborn infants.

ISBN (print edition): 978-1-920218-14-0
ISBN (reflowable edition): 978-1-920218-71-3
ISBN (international edition): 978-1-717898-46-3

About the series editor

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, 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 Primary Newborn Care

We acknowledge all the participants of Primary 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 Primary Newborn Care: Prof D L Woods

Contributors to Primary Newborn Care: Dr D Greenfield, Prof G Theron, Prof H de Groot, Ms H Louw