First Hour Care of the Term Newborn Infant

This micro skills course will discuss what happens to a newborn baby at birth and how interruption to the normal process of adaptation can cause problems for a newborn baby born at full term. It emphasises the importance of early recognition of risk to the baby and early actions to prevent further compromise, which may result in separation of the mother and baby and avoidable medical problems for the baby. We will focus on what happens within the first hour of a baby’s life, as good clinical care of both mother and baby at this early stage can make a real difference to outcome.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
NHS Health Education England

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal physiological process of adaptation for a term baby after he/she is born
  2. Discuss how clinicians can support and enhance the normal physiological adaptations made by the baby and support the mother and family within the first hour
  3. Explain the importance of keeping a baby warm after birth
  4. Explain the importance of supporting the mother’s choice in feeding
  5. Recognise that interruptions to a normal adaptive process can have negative consequences for a newborn baby
  6. Recognise that appropriate care of the newborn in the ‘first hour’ can prevent later complications in regard to issues raised by the ATAIN report i.e. asphyxia, respiratory, jaundice and hypoglycaemia

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
  • This micro skills course may contain features that are not optimised for mobile devices.