Relief efforts both large and small are moving forward in New York City after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy last month. Help care for women, for your fellow midwives, and for their communities by contributing however you can, whether with volunteer activities on the ground, or with a donation to the Red Cross or United Way to get essential supplies to the areas where the need is greatest. Use this New York Times article and the Occupy Sandy website, both recommended by members of the ACNM Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides a variety of resources for aiding individuals in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: tools for working with pregnant women and newborns following a disaster, the Reproductive Health Assessment After Disaster (RHAD) Toolkit to assist with assessing the reproductive health needs of women aged 15-44, and a new tool designed to help organizations and programs estimate the number of pregnant women within a geographic area.
Please contact Robbie Prepas, co-Chair of the ACNM Disaster Preparedness and Response Caucus, if you have any questions or are interested in volunteering.