Medicine and Health Sciences

Helping Babies Breathe: Neonatal Resuscitative Teaching to Midwives in Ghana, West Africa

The American Academy of Pediatrics designed Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), an educational program for low-resource areas. This project implemented a modified HBB program to teach neonatal resuscitation skills to four midwives in rural Ghana. The midwives averaged pre-test scores of (a) 39.2%, (b) 37.5% and post test scores of (a) 71.4%, (b) 83.7%. This train-the-trainer framework has resulted in one midwife continuing the teaching to hospitals in the region.

Kekeli Women: The Impact of Being A Community Health Promoter in Ghana, West Africa

The Kekeli Project seeks to improve the day to day health of individuals in Akatsi, Ghana (West Africa) by empowering lay women to serve as health promoters within their own villages and communities. These women volunteer to provide basic health education, blood pressure screening, wound care, and safe delivery assistance. Point Loma Nazarene University has been working with this group through a summer study abroad program since 2015. Previous studies have demonstrated the positive impact of lay health promoters on the health of their communities.


Cerebrovascular Crises Leading to Major Neurological Disabilities and Rehabilitation Implications for the Occupational Therapist

A Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) is the most common label ascribed to people who have experienced strokes. Ischemic Stroke, Hemorrhagic Stroke, and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) are the most common causes for neurological disability that impairs quality of life. CVA’s can be the result of a variety of morbidities, including thrombotic occlusions, atherosclerotic calcification, ruptured aneurysms, abnormal blood pressure, and irregular blood flow, associated with irregular dynamics.


The Experience of Childbirth at a Midwife-Run Birth Center

There are several factors that influence a woman’s birth experience. A large portion of these factors is the preparation that she takes for the event of labor. This study focuses on both the motivation for and experience of labor at a midwife-run birth center. The data collected provides more information to better inform the field of labor and delivery on this population’s experience. The findings can be applied both within the hospital and outside of the hospital setting.



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