Essential Newborn Care 1
Essential Newborn Care 1 (ENC 1) is the first part of the ENC course, called Immediate Care and Helping Babies Breathe at Birth. ENC 1 is the new version of the Helping Babies Breathe course, and at the moment it is available as an interim version for piloting. A final version will be available late 2022.
On this page you will find what you need to plan and facilitate the course: Learning materials, Equipment, Videos, Assessments and LDHF practice. The course materials are very flexible. You can use them for different settings, both pre-service and in-service. You can also adapt the course duration so it meets your needs.
Share with your course participants
We have gathered all the resources that you need to share with your course participants in one place. Share this link with them hmbs.org/course/enc1-participant
Here you can find online materials and PDFs to view and download. Since this is an interim version for piloting, printed materials are not available yet. If you have questions about the interim materials have a look at the information we have gathered here.
You have two alternatives to facilitate the course: use the traditional printed Flip Chart or the ENC 1 online course. The content in both alternatives is the same, choose the one that fits your needs best.
ENC 1 Online
Use the online course to facilitate remotely, in person, or in a combination, whenever internet access is available. The online course includes interactive content like demonstration videos, exercises and more to support you and your participants. Even thought the course is facilitator-led, participants have the option of going through some parts on their own, reviewing the content at their own pace before and after the training.
Use the printed Flip Chart to facilitate the course when internet access is limited. The PDF has interactive links that you can explore. You can also download the same videos that are available in the online course here, to use alongside the Flip Chart.
The Action Plan will guide the training. Make sure participants have a printed version available. After the course, it can be used in the facility as a job aid.
Every participant should ideally have a printed Provider Guide to keep. The guide will support them to continue practice and improve the quality of care.
Simulation Practice Cards
During the course you will introduce the Practice Cards for Group practice. These cards have different scenarios where the participants practice the roles of mother and provider. Every participant should have access to the online or printed version, also after the course.
You can complement ENC 1 with the one or more of the 14 modules for more in-depth learning, also created by WHO. You may register to use the pilot materials from WHO.
Real birth videos by Global Health Media and demonstrations for practice
In addition to the learning materials, each pair of participants will need:
- Newborn simulator – we suggest NeoNatalie
- Pen and paper
- Hand cleaner
- Head covering (for baby)
- Cloths (dry and clean)
- Cord ties/clamps
- Ventilation bag and mask
- Suction device
- If you are facilitating remotely, both you and your participants will need a tablet or computer with camera and microphone.
Regular practice reinforces new knowledge and skills. Practice also develops skills and improves teamwork and clinical decision-making. After the course, participants can use the same Simulation Practice Cards that you introduced during the course. Support participants to continue practice in short, often sessions at their place of work.
Download and print these documents to check the knowledge and skills of the participants
Download and modify these documents to fit your purposes.
A WHO and AAP collaboration
ENC 1 is one of the components of the Essential Newborn Care Course. It was created by WHO in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, as an update of the course Helping Babies Breathe
WHO and AAP designed the ENC 1 to support health workers to save lives, prevent disabilities, and ensure all newborns reach their full potential. Participants will respond to the essential needs of newborns everywhere, including some of the most difficult contexts such as fragile and humanitarian settings.