Education, Practice Updates

Exciting Update from HMBS: Streamlined Access to Programmes for Supporting Mothers and Babies

5 June 2024
A midwife Yuri Kudo and her patient Aiko Takemoto during a postnatal checkup at Yajima midwifery clinic in Tokyo, Japan.

Helping Mothers and Babies Survive (HMBS) has made it easier to access its free educational programmes and materials. This update allows healthcare professionals and educators to quickly find, view, and download resources for quality training in managing births worldwide.

Currently, many countries are struggling to meet Sustainable Development Goals 3.1 and 3.2, with little progress in reducing maternal mortality. Most causes of maternal and newborn deaths are preventable. That’s why the updated HMBS programmes and materials are now available on their website.

What is HMBS?

HMBS is an online resource for healthcare professionals and educators, dedicated to the advancement of maternal and newborn health. Its training programmes use a hands-on, team-oriented, and facility-based approach to learning, following WHO recommendations. These programmes focus on the most common causes of maternal and newborn deaths and health issues, developed by various organisations. The newborn programmes are created by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Laerdal Global Health. The maternal programmes are developed by Jhpiego with ICM, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, UNFPA, the International Council of Nurses, and Laerdal Global Health.

The Updates

The HMBS website updates make it easier to find the right information and resources for training. The new resource search function helps users navigate the wide range of materials and quickly view or download what they need. Resources include over 100 videos, action plans, flip charts, simulation practice cards, assessments, and more.

Other updates improve usability, making the site easy to navigate. A new contact form offers increased support for users, and more materials are now available in French and Spanish for most training programmes.

Additionally, includes important implementation resources, such as guidance on project planning and recommendations for tools and services to enhance training impact.

These updates ensure that midwives and healthcare professionals worldwide have the tools they need to provide quality maternal and newborn care, supporting ongoing efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates.