Authors : Dr M Bharathi, Dr Deelip Natekar.

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Newborn are very precious to the parents and they are the torch barriers of future generation. Being babies are having the right of caring. Since they are smaller, weak, more vulnerable, unable to help themselves and voice their rights, also their preferences and they represent the future. India has the highest number of neonatal deaths in the world. Of the three million neonatal deaths globally in 2012, 779,000 took place in India. In India 25 million newborn infants are born every year. When neonatal mortality was 47 per 1000 live births and it is contributed to 63% of infant’s mortality rate. The current neonatal mortality rate 43.4 per 1000 live births and the current infant mortality rate is 67.6 per 1000 live births at the national level. A quantitative approach with quasi experimental design (one group pretest and post-test design) was adopted in this study. Simple random sampling technique (Lottery method) was used to select the samples. The sample size was 300. Study findings showed that 97.6% of mothers had inadequate knowledge and only 0.7% at mother had adequate knowledge before educational interventional. 93% of mothers showed adequate knowledge after the educational intervention programme. The study hence concluded that educational interventional programmes can enhance mothers knowledge on newborn care that would influence the newborn health status.
Keywords:- Neonatal mortality rate, New born Health status and educational interventional programme.