Essential Care for Small Babies and the Maternal Infection Connection
Maternal infections both common and rare are associated with low birth weight in babies. The recent outbreak of Zika virus in the Americas revealed many health system gaps in care for sick and small babies. A comprehensive approach to prevention and management of maternal infection includes having clinicians and parents who are equipped to deal with the special needs of small babies, particularly as related to temperature control and feeding. This session will present emerging evidence on maternal infection and fetal growth restriction, and demonstrate several components of the Essential Care for Small Babies curriculum, an interactive, evidence-based capacity-building program that teaches caregivers critical skills to address the special needs of these babies. (Note: this is not ECSB certification).