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J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2019 Jul/Sep;33(3):205-208. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000417.

When Disaster Strikes in Rural America-Call the Midwife!

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California State University, Fullerton, School of Nursing, Fullerton, California (Dr Mielke); Mountains Community Hospital Rural Health Clinics, Lake Arrowhead, California (Dr Mielke); University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing (Ms Prepas); and American College of Nurse-Midwives, Silver Spring, Maryland (Ms Prepas).


Midwives can play a critical role in emergency preparedness and response. Rural areas have unique disaster preparedness needs but receive less attention than urban centers. Childbearing women and infants are particularly affected during disasters. Midwives are well positioned to coordinate disaster preparedness training and response to optimize the health of women and infants in rural areas.

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