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Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. A Midwifery School, as well as seminars and training retreats are held each year to prepare midwives, doctors, and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary child deaths. 

Online Midwives Responding to Disasters Reviews


As someone who has desired to work overseas for most of my life, this course was invaluable. Often, I feel it is difficult to know where to start and how to prepare for serving in a disaster area. This course gives concrete information on preparation. The course is taught by experienced midwives who have spent time working in disasters, giving personal stories as well. Vicki does an excellent job in discussing the elements of disaster, the midwife's role, as well as how disaster response should be initiated. After taking this course, I had a good idea of what preparatory equipment and classes I wish to attain in order to better prepare myself. Thank you to Vicki and everyone at Mercy In Action for sharing your wealth of knowledge and expertise! 

~Hannah Brown, CPM


The Online Midwives Responding to Disasters is an excellent course for anyone interested in learning more about how to best serve a childbearing population in disaster situations. After taking this course I feel not only more knowledgeable about disasters in general, but how to best respond and care for women and newborns in a manner that is evidence-based when limited resources are available. The case study presented in this course which details how Mercy In Action kept the 10 Steps of the IMBCI in a disaster zone in the Philippines is inspiring, amazing, and so helpful for anyone who wants to be prepared to respond when disaster strikes. I highly recommend this course! 

~Kristen Benoit, CPM, LM, NHCM


I have taken several of your online classes before and found them to be very informative (evidence based), clear, concise and easily applicable for inclusion in my practice guidelines.  Even though I have completed The Bridge certificate, I am committed to keeping my skills and knowledge up to date for any situation that can arise in my community. A few weeks ago, the USA and the Caribbean were facing several massive hurricanes; each threatening to create severe destruction. Even though I had taken this course in person several years ago and have served in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda, I felt I needed a refresher. I began this course as Hurricane Harvey was  causing major damage in Texas and completed the course as Hurricane Maria approached the Caribbean. When I am able to travel to a natural disaster zone area again if one occurs near me, I am sure my skills will be of value.

~Claudia Booker, CPM


The Online Midwives Responding to Disasters course was time well spent and worth the cost. Vicki Penwell teaches the modules in a relaxed manner and the self -paced study is helpful for busy people. Vicki shares knowledge from years of birth work and  a very successful response to a devastating natural disaster. She gives insights as both a health care responder and someone personally effected by disaster. The material is  geared to midwives but it is not a 'how to deliver babies'  type course...anyone interested in disaster/recovery work would benefit. The recounting of supply lists and how the clinic was staffed and set up is particularly useful. The perspectives offered on the unique needs of women and infants in times of crisis is helpful for all  emergency and health care workers.  

~Cindy Thompson LVN