Since the formation of the Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus (DPRC) in 2011, the ?humanitarian space? (as it is called) has undergone numerous changes to improve professionalism, coordination, and accountability. ACNM does not deploy midwives to the field, but wants to support you in your desire to participate in these very important professional activities.
Midwives who are interested in participating in preparedness activities and disaster response locally, nationally, or internationally are encouraged to seek opportunities to join a recognized agency or organization well in advance of the next ?big one?. This provides you with opportunities to:
? Receive disaster training (usually at no cost to you),
? Have your credentials verified - which protects you and speeds your ability to deploy, and
? Influence the programming and services organizations provide regarding the health care of women, infants, and young families during times of crisis.
Karen Hays, CNM & Robbie Prepas, CNM are the Co-Chairs of the DPRC caucus. For more information, please contact Karen E. Hays ([email protected]), Robbie Prepas ([email protected]), or the Program Coordinator for ACNM Department of Global Outreach ([email protected]).Domestic Disasters and Emergencies
Hays, K., & Prepas, R. (2015). The Professionalization of International Disaster Response: It Is Time for Midwives to Get Ready. (Requires member login) Journal of Midwifery and Women?s Health, 60(4), doi: 10.1111/jmwh.12339.
Share With Women. (2011). Emergency Preparedness for Childbirth. Journal of Midwifery and Women?s Health, 56(2), doi: 10.1111/j.1542-2011.2010.00020.x
Williams, D. (2004). Giving Birth ?In Place?: A Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Childbirth. Journal of Midwifery and Women?s Health, 49(4, Suppl. 1), doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2004.04.030