Skilled Birth Attendants (SBA) are government certified medical professionals trained to manage pregnancies, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period. They are also equipped to identify and manage the referral of complications in women and newborns. The presence of an SBA can drastically reduce the chances of maternal and neonatal mortality. The total cost to sponsor a nurse to attend the government-approved skilled birth attendant training program is $1,500. This covers the cost of tuition, travel and administrative fees. Select a training candidate below to learn more about her.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
One Heart World Wide's SBA training program is an intensive two-month course in obstetric and immediate neonatal care for eligible nurses serving in remote regions. The program includes 4 weeks of classroom teaching followed by 4 weeks of clinical experience in a maternity ward. Throughout the stages of training, donors will receive progress reports detailing their SBA's advancements. In this course, nurses learn to:
- Provide comprehensive antenatal and postnatal care
- Timely recognition and appropriate management of danger signs in pregnancy, such as eclampsia
- Timely recognition and appropriate management of obstetric and neonatal complications
- Active management of a normal birth
- Knowledge and skills about proper sterilization of instruments and proper cleaning of the facility to reduce infections
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an SBA?
The World Health Organization defines a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) as someone, “trained to proficiency in the skills needed to manage normal (uncomplicated) pregnancies, childbirth and the immediate postnatal period and in the identification, management and referral of complications in women and newborns." Medical providers must attend an intensive two month course in obstetric and immediate neonatal in order to be certified as an official SBA.
Why are SBAs important?
The presence of an SBA is the single most effective intervention to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. An integral part of our Network of Safety model involves training SBAs in safe delivery practices and equipping them with adequate resources and a supportive infrastructure. These hard-working and compassionate women provide health services and education, not only for the mother, but also for the family and community.
What kind of training will sponsors receive?
All SBAs will attend an intensive two-month course in obstetric and immediate neonatal. The program includes 4 weeks of classroom teaching followed by 4 weeks of clinical experience in a maternity ward. After completing the program, each care provider will receive their official SBA certification. After learning the basics of antenatal, obstetric and postnatal care, SBAs return to their villages to serve mothers and newborns.
How much does it cost to sponsor an SBA?
For only $1,500 you can provide the training and skills for a nurse in Nepal to become a certified SBA.
Can I receive updates about my sponsor?
Yes! Throughout your sponsor's training you will receive updates on their SBA certification process.
Who are our partners?
The Birth Center of Boulder (BCoB) is partnering with One Heart World-Wide to ensure that every mother in Nepal has access to quality, compassionate maternal care. BCoB is staffed by a dedicated group of women– certified nurse-midwives, registered nurses, and lactation consultants – to provide nurturing support and education-based care. One Heart World-Wide is proud to partner with BCoB to enhance our mission of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality across Nepal.