Millions of newborn infants in Western Pacific still at risk
Published:30 Nov.2017    Source:Asia-Pacific Biotech News
A newborn dies every two minutes in the Western Pacific Region, largely due to inappropriate clinical practices at the time of birth, and during the first few days of life. A major contributor to newborn deaths is early separation from the mother after birth. Not only do separated babies not benefit from skin-to-skin contact, they are exposed to hypothermia and hospital-acquired infections.
 
Newborn deaths, however, are often preventable. Essential Newborn Care is a solution to significantly reduce newborn deaths. The core of EENC is the First Embrace – immediate and thorough drying after birth followed by skin-to-skin contact until completion of the first breastfeed, appropriately timed clamping and cutting of the cord, and exclusive breastfeeding.