LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Can you imagine giving birth and not knowing if your baby will survive? For women in many countries across the world, that is their reality.
That's why two doctors from UAMS took a medical mission to Zambia, Africa were they worked with a hospital and orphanage in teaching a Helping Babies Breath workshop.
Helping Babies Breathe is a worldwide program, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, that emphasizes skilled attendance at birth, assessment of every baby, temperature support, stimulation to breathe, and assisted ventilation as needed.
"It was a wonderful experience, helping people do neonatal resucitation," says Dr. Whit Hall, a neonatologist at UAMS. "Many babies who are born in Africa don't survive the first few minutes. In fact, as many as 20 to 30-percent may not survive that first few minutes of life."
This mission hit close to home for Dr. Anita Mitchell, a clinical associate professor at UAMS. She was born and raised in the country and spent more than 25 years of her life there.
"I wanted to go back to my hometown and my birthplace and take something back," says Dr. Mitchell. "I wanted to do something in a way of service for my hometown."
THV's Alyse Eady sat down with Dr. Hall and Dr. Mitchell on 'Today's THV This Morning'. Click on the video link above to watch our complete interview with them.
(Source: American Academy of Pediatrics)