To improve the quality of care for newborns, the American Academy of Pediatrics, in collaboration with many global partners, developed Helping Babies Survive (HBS). HBS is a suite of evidence-based, hands-on training programs designed to reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity.
The first program, Helping Babies Breathe, launched in 2010 and has saved thousands of asphyxiated newborns. Studies have shown that it can reduce neonatal mortality by up to 47%. The success of HBB led to a global request for additional programs addressing other leading causes of newborn death. In response, the HBS suite has expanded to include Essential Care for Every Baby, Essential Care for Small Babies, and Improving Care of Mothers and Babies. Together, these programs ensure that providers have the necessary skills and competencies to deliver high quality care to newborns during and after birth.