Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs) for Study Session 2

Now that you have completed this study session, you can assess how well you have achieved its Learning Outcomes by answering the questions below. Write your answers in your Study Diary and discuss them with your Tutor at the next Study Support Meeting. You can check your answers with the Notes on the Self-Assessment Questions at the end of this Module.

Read Case Study 2.1 and answer the question below.

Case Study 2.1

You are called to Workitu’s home because the delivery is delayed. You help Workitu and she delivers a baby girl. The baby is breathing less than 30 breaths per minute.

SAQ 2.1 (tests Learning Outcomes 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3)

What do you do?


You need to start resuscitation immediately. Clear the baby’s mouth and nose and position her correctly. Then start bag and mask ventilation.

SAQ 2.2 (tests Learning Outcomes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4)

What do you think is the best kind of care for a low birth weight baby? Explain your answer.


Kangaroo mother care is best because it means the baby is always in contact with the mother and feeds frequently so it will grow stronger. It also means the mother is able to carry on with her usual life as much as possible.

SAQ 2.3 (tests Learning Outcomes 2.1, 2.3 and 2.5)

Why is it so important to visit the mother and baby at home during the six weeks after the baby’s birth?


These visits are important because lack of care just after the baby is born can result in death or disability. So danger signs need checking for. You also need to counsel and give advice to the mother on how to look after the child. The baby will also need immunizations, and mother and baby will need vitamin A.

Summary of Study Session 2