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A national review of neonatal resuscitation programmes for midwives
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  1. M G GNANALINGHAM,
  2. C ROBINSON,
  3. N A MIR
  1. Neonatal Department, Warrington General Hospital
  2. Lovely Lane, Warrington WA5 1QG, UK
  3. molingham@hotmail.com

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    Editor—A considerable number of babies with no obstetric or neonatal at risk factors require help in establishing respiration at birth. This may range from tactile stimulation to bag and mask ventilation to endotracheal intubation. Midwives in the United Kingdom are primarily involved in the initial resuscitation of newborn babies in delivery units and at home. There is a national lack of neonatal resuscitation training in the United Kingdom, with inadequate provision of neonatal life support skills remaining an acknowledged contributory factor to perinatal death.1 2 There are no directives from governing bodies for midwives to attend mandatory neonatal life support updates. Moreover, the national availability of specific neonatal resuscitation programmes for midwives is not known.

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