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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. 

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Online Midwives Responding to Disasters

Online Midwives responding to disasters: Protecting survival in worst-case scenarios


This course, Midwives Responding to Disasters: Protecting Survival in Worst-Case Scenarios,  will explain the role of the midwife in a disaster response, and give invaluable training in understanding the elements of a disaster, the appropriate preparation for and initiation of a disaster response targeting pregnant and lactating women, and how to create a safe birthing area when health care systems are down. Includes discussion of working under conditions of great deprivation while providing maternity care in the absence of functioning hospitals.

Instructor Vicki Penwell is a CPM and Licensed Midwife with a  Masters in Midwifery and a Masters in Inter-Cultural Studies. She has decades of experience in low-resource countries with both high and low risk deliveries. Having lived in the Philippines for years, she has first-hand experience with many natural disasters as well as mounting a full-scale disaster response in the recent humanitarian efforts following Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Vicki lived and worked in tents at ground zero of that disaster-zone in the Philippines.

Once you complete the course, you will immediately receive a certificate for your CEUs


Online Midwives Responding to Disasters: $199

Continuing Education Units

CEU: 8 hours  

Accredited by MEAC


Purchase anytime you are ready. You have access to the full course for 30 days after you purchase

Course Content

I. Where, how, and why disaster and maternity care collide

II. Principles of best practice in midwifery for disaster response

III. Case History

1. Vicki, Rose, and Ian Penwell led Mercy In Action's disaster response to ground zero of the Philippines disaster following super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda

2. Setting up maternity tents for deliveries and providing Mother and Baby Friendly standards of midwifery care amidst utter destruction

3. Working in the absence of functioning hospitals

4. Protecting survival in worst-case scenarios

5. Risk assessment when transport is not an easy option

IV. Preparing a disaster preparedness plan for midwives

V. Types of natural disasters and appropriate response

VI. Being a responder

1. Preparation

2. Response

3. Recovery

4. Mitigation

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