Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) changed global education in neonatal resuscitation. Although rooted in the technical and educational expertise underpinning the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Neonatal Resuscitation Program, a series of global collaborations and pivotal encounters shaped the program differently. An innovative neonatal simulator, graphic learning materials, and content tailored to address the major causes of neonatal death in low- and middle-income countries empowered providers to take action to help infants in their facilities. Strategic dissemination and implementation through a Global Development Alliance spread the program rapidly, but perhaps the greatest factor in its success was the enthusiasm of participants who experienced the power of being able to improve the outcome of babies. Collaboration continued with frontline users, implementing organizations, researchers, and global health leaders to improve the effectiveness of the program. The second edition of HBB not only incorporated new science but also the accumulated understanding of how to help providers retain and build skills and use quality improvement techniques. Although the implementation of HBB has resulted in significant decreases in fresh stillbirth and early neonatal mortality, the goal of having a skilled and equipped provider at every birth remains to be achieved. Continued collaboration and the leadership of empowered health care providers within their own countries will bring the world closer to this goal.
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