The Janice Foundation

The Janice Foundation, a 501 (c) (3), strives to reduce suffering of women throughout the world. Work has focused in Africa and South America. It has recently partnered with Reach Out & Learn, a well-organized and experienced nonprofit, to support the efforts in training midwives, first responders and other health care professionals in the Peruvian Andes to reduce the risks of maternal death from hemorrhage and on new born resuscitation.

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Ty B Erickson, MD, FACOG, an obstetrician and gynecologist, serves as a non-paid board member. He has done fistula work in Africa and trained hundreds of physicians in female reconstructive surgery in 13 countries on five continents. At the last trip to Peru a specific need for educating health care providers in cancer screening and training delivery personnel in advanced neonatal resuscitation was identified. At the request of two hospitals we will be returning in October to conduct this training. We seek financial support from generous companies and individuals to support this effort. There are no paid staff in the Janice Foundation. One hundred percent (100%) of all donations go directly to the people and training in country. There is no overhead, advertising or costs with the Foundation.

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The Janice Foundation is currently working with Reach Out & Learn to train hundreds of Maternal & Fetal Medicine Specialists on Advanced Newborn Resuscitation techniques and procedures, in Cusco, Peru in October 2014. On Monday, October 27, 2014, we will have an intensive “train the trainer” session with 16 Peruvian medical professionals. On Tuesday, October 28th and Wednesday, October 29th the 16 certified trainers will train other medical professionals who work at 6 different hospitals (Lorena, Seguridad, Regional, Belen Pampa, Sicuani, and Quillabamba) and in rural towns and villages.

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We will take with us 2 highly experienced Newborn Resuscitation trainers who work at Intermountain Health Care. Daniel and Lynette will train the 16 Peruvian medical professionals and supervise the instruction of the other professionals on the next two days. Here are bios for Don & Lynette.

Daniel Woodhead, RT

Daniel D. Woodhead has practiced as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in a neonatal intensive unit since 1986. He has been certified in the “Neonatal Resuscitation Program” (NRP) since its conception in 1987 and has served as a regional NRP instructor since 2003. Mr. Woodhead was also trained in NRP “simulation” at Stanford University in 2006 and with that training played a major role in developing the startup of NRP simulation at Intermountain Healthcare. Over the last 7 years He has published several articles about neonatal care in such journal as the “Journal of Perinatology”, “Neonatal Intensive Care”, and the “Respiratory Therapy Journal of Pulmonary Technique”.

Lynette Mittelsteadt, RN

Lynette has been a Registered Nurse since 1988. She began focusing her nursing on Labor and Delivery and the care of the Newborn in 2002 at Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley, Idaho, USA. This lead her to her passion of saving babies. In 2006 she became a Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2008 she expanded with NRP and became a Simulation Facilitator and has since facilitated at least 6 courses of NRP each year. She has also co-written simulations focused on the needs seen in the infants in her area. This has lead to improvement of care and thus improvement in outcomes. She is excited to take this to the world by helping others gain the knowledge to help them save babies. She strongly believes that saving babies is the first step to saving the world.

Here is a link to the online prospectus for the Newborn Resuscitation program. Resuscitating Newborn Training

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