The following is excerpted from the Church Newsroom. To read the full article, CLICK HERE

A donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aims to decrease the number of birth asphyxia incidents in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Guerrero.

Birth asphyxia occurs when a baby does not begin breathing after birth. According to the World Health Organization, this is one of the leading causes of death in newborns, accounting for about 900,000 deaths worldwide every year.

The donation included equipment and training for doctors and nurses on newborn resuscitation, as well as training related to caring for mothers after they give birth. It is estimated that in the first year, this training and donated equipment could potentially save 300 lives.

Leading pediatrician Dr. Frank Bentley and his wife, Jean, came from the United States to conduct the training. The Bentleys have traveled the globe for the past two decades, training physicians and midwives in newborn resuscitation and caring for new mothers.

To read the full article, CLICK HERE