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Helping Babies Breathe

A hands-on newborn resuscitation training program by the American Academy of Pediatrics, based on the latest WHO guidelines. HBB was updated in 2017.



HBB is part of the evidence-based suite of training program called Helping Babies Survive. HBB Second Edition is currently available in English*. The second edition focuses on quality of care and uses the latest scientific updates. It harmonizes with the 2015 ILCOR guidelines as well as the 2012 WHO Basic Newborn Resuscitation Guidelines.

This program, when well implemented, has proven to reduce neonatal mortality by 50%. Read more here

The Helping Babies Breathe curriculum includes:

Action Plan Wall Poster

A simple, pictorial, step-by-step wall chart for neonatal resuscitation.

Reprocessing Poster (only available for HBB Second Edition)

A simple, pictorial wall poster outlining how to correctly disasemble, clean and disinfect neonatal resuscitation equipment.

Facilitator Flip Chart

An educational tool to assist and guide HBB instructors to train healthcare providers to help babies breathe at birth.

Provider Guide

An educational guide and quality improvement tool for healthcare providers to help babies breathe at birth, to be used both during the training and in the facility. 

*HBB Second Edition is available in English and will soon be available in French. HBB first edition is available in Spanish and Swahili. The materials are available in African, Asian and International graphics.

If you want to hold an HBB training, you need the HBB curriculum and the following:

The HBB course takes approximately 1 day to teach. Read more about HBB here.


Helping Babies Breathe - Lessons learned guiding the way forward (A 5 year report fromt eh HBB Global Development Alliance)

On-site, brief and frequent HBB simulation training appears to facilitate transfer of new knowledge and skills into clinical practice and to be accompanied by a decrease in neonatal mortality.  (Reference, 2015)

  • Increased number of stimulated neonates: 12.5% to 16.3% (p = 0.016)
  • Neonates receiving BMV decreased: 7.3% to 5.9% (p = 0.005)
  • Mortality at 24h decreased: 11.1/1000 to 7.2/1000 (p = 0.040)

HBB implementation was associated with a significant reduction in both early neonatal deaths within 24 hours (47% reduction) and rates of FSB (24% reduction). (Reference, 2013)

  • HBB uses a basic intervention approach readily applicable at all deliveries.
  • These findings should serve as a call to action for other resource-limited countries striving to meet Millennium Development Goal 4.


Catalogue No. 990-002xx

HBB Facilitator Flip Chart Set

HBB Facilitator Flip Chart Set

1 Facilitator Flip Chart, 1 Action Plan, 1 Reprocessing Poster

Catalogue No. 990-001xx

HBB Provider Guides (Qty. 20)

HBB Provider Guides (Qty. 20)

20 Provider Guides

Catalogue No. 990-004xx

HBB Extra Posters (Qty.  2 x 5)

HBB Extra Posters (Qty.  2 x 5)

5 HBB Action Plan Wall Posters, and 5 Reprocessing Posters

*When ordering, replace XX with the relevant language and graphics code

Second edition
33 – English, Asian graphics
41 – English, African graphics 
07 – French, African graphics 
37 – French, Asian graphics (Each catalog number has a minimum order quantity of 500)

First edition
29 – Spanish, South American graphics
61 – Swahili, African graphics
99 – French, Asian graphics — if interested contact

Other language and graphics options can be downloaded for free at the Helping Babies Survive site.

Laerdal Global Health has committed to offer its products on a not-for-profit basis to the countries with the highest maternal and neonatal mortalities, which have not yet reached the targets set by Sustainable Development Goal 3.  If you do not qualify for not-for-profit pricing, please order from Laerdal Medical.

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