Essential Newborn Care 2 – Facilitator

Essential Newborn Care 2

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Essential Newborn Care 2 (ENC2) – Assessment and Continued Care is the second part of the WHO ENC Basic Course. This is an updated version of both Essential Care for Every Baby (ECEB) and Essential Care for Small Babies (ECSB), and focuses on care from 60 minutes after birth to discharge. The updated course was launched in May 2023.

Key updates from ECEB & ECSB to ENC2

The WHO ENC course incorporates all content of the Helping Babies Survive courses, updated to align with WHO recommendations and guidelines.

Summary of changes ENC2 – PDF

On this page you will find what you need to plan and facilitate the course: Learning materials, Equipment, Videos, Assessments and LDHF practice

Share with your course participants

We have gathered all the resources that you need to share with your course participants in one place.

Learning materials

Here you can find online materials and PDFs to view and download.

You can choose whether to facilitate the course using either traditional printed materials, or the ENC2 online course which can also be used to facilitate remotely. The content in both alternatives is the same, so choose whichever suits your needs best. If you need help deciding which may be best for you, you can check this document comparing in-person and online course facilitation.

ENC2 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 though 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.

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Flip Chart

The Flip Chart will support you as you facilitate the course. The PDF has interactive links that you can explore. Ideally you should have the printed version during the course. There is also an appendix available, covering nasogastric tube and alternative warming.

Flip Chart – PDF
Appendix – PDF

Action Plan

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.

Action Plan – PDF

Provider Guide

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.

Provider Guide – PDF

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.


Parent Guide

The parent guide can be used to give guidance for home care. Explain to your participants how to use it for support of parents.

Parent Guide (International) – PDF
Parent Guide (African) – PDF

In-depth modules

You can complement ENC2 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.

WHO registration


Welcome Mother
Identify Risk Factors
Measure Temperature
Weigh the Baby
Examine the Baby
Count a Baby’s Breaths
Provide Eye Care
Provide Cord Care
Give Vitamin K
Classify the Baby
Maintain Normal Temperature
Breastfeeding Attachment
Breastfeeding Positions
Improve Supply of Milk
Flat or Inverted Nipples
Breast Engorgement
Sore or Cracked Nipples
Reassess for Discharge
Immunize: Intradermal Injection
Advise about Home Care
Maintain Skin-to-Skin
Support Breastfeeding
Treat Risk of Infection
Provide Continuous Skin-to-Skin
Improve Thermal Care
Express Breastmilk
Assess Feeding Tolerance
Feed with Cup
Insert a Nasogastric Tube
Transition to Exclusive Breastfeeding
Prepare for Discharge
Advise about Ongoing Care
Assess for Danger Signs
Give Antibiotics
Recognize Severe Jaundice
Stabilize for Referral as Needed

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In addition to the learning materials, each pair of participants will need:

  • Newborn simulator with ventilation option — we suggest NeoNatalie
  • Small newborn simulator with NGT option — we suggest PreemieNatalie
  • Breast simulator — we suggest MamaBreast
  • Pen and paper
  • Hand cleaner
  • Gloves
  • Clock
  • Baby hat or cap
  • Cloths, dry and clean
  • Cord ties/clamps
  • Stethoscope
  • Ventilation bag and mask
  • Suction device
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Syringe


Download and print these documents to check the knowledge and skills of the participants

Sustainable practice

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.

A WHO and AAP collaboration

ENC2 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 courses Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies.

WHO and AAP designed the ENC2 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.

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