CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is a lifesaving procedure that is performed when an infant's or child’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped, as in cases of drowning, suffocation, choking, or injuries. CPR is a combination of:
- Rescue breathing, which provides oxygen to the infant's lungs.
- Chest compressions, which keep the infant's blood circulating.
Permanent brain damage or death can occur within minutes if an infant's blood flow stops. Therefore, you must continue these procedures until the infant's heartbeat and breathing return, or trained medical help arrives.
Expectant Parents Organization
Best Newborn Care Class Ever: Three-week series includes in-depth information about infant care and feeding including infant CPR using the American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR program. This program is for parents who want to learn CPR, but do not need a course completion card in CPR.
Classes are offered monthly for anyone wanting to learn infant CPR. Cost is $25 for one person or $40 for two people in the same family. Does not include a course completion card. Infant CPR classes are also available on the Mother Baby Center for new parents at no cost.
American Red Cross
Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED (automated external defibrillator) training meets the needs of workplace responders, school staffs, professional responders and healthcare providers, as well as the general public. They offer both certified and non-certified training options.