Personal Development & Parenting

You and Your Newborn

Course Fee Free

What Is This Course About?

This course is developed and endorsed by Bettercare and designed to help parents understand what to expect in the first few weeks after their baby is born. The course will take learners through the routine management of normal babies and the common problems that may occur after birth basics of feeding, sleep and social development in the first 12 years of life. The course includes the care provided immediately after delivery and then addresses the home care and feeding of newborn babies. Finally, the course will describe some clinical problems that parents need to know about. The course aims to provide the knowledge and understanding of basic newborn care required to help both parents and those soon to be parents.

Who should do this course?

Expecting parents, especially those who are expecting their first child, or those who want to recap what to expect in those first critical weeks after child birth. This course also makes a great gift for expecting parents.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:
  • Understand how breathing in a baby is started after delivery
  • Understand the importance of birth weight
  • Understand how a baby should be cared for after delivery
  • Know how to care for the baby’s umbilical cord
  • Know when to take a bay home
  • Understand how best to feed a baby
  • Learn how to breastfeed
  • Learn how to improve milk supply
  • Know how to prevent infections in a newborn baby
  • Understand which supplementary iron and vitamins are not needed
  • Learn how to provide routine newborn care
  • Know when routine clinic visits are needed
  • Know what and when immunizations are needed
  • Deciding what to name a baby
  • Deciding whether to keep the baby in bed with the mother
  • Understand the importance of jaundice
  • Know how to manage a baby with sticky eyes
  • Understand the importance of vomiting and loose stools
  • Identify normal stools and manage nappy rash
  • Learn the important clinical signs of illness

How Your Course Mark Is Calculated

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study At Your Own Pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you! 

In the 4 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Newborn Baby At The Hospital
CHAPTER 2 Feeding Baby
CHAPTER 3 Key Facts In The First Few Months
CHAPTER 4 Identifying Illness In Newborn Babies

Better Care


Originally developed by the Perinatal Education Programme, and improved constantly for over 25 years, Bettercare material is widely used by government and private hospitals, non-profit organisations and training institutions in South Africa and other countries. Their learning programmes bring the latest developments in child, perinatal and HIV care to healthcare professionals working in challenging circumstances. They make high-quality, affordable and up-to-date training possible in every facility, regardless of its history, resources or geographical location.

Dr Graeme Spitall


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