Childbirth and disasters discussed in July/Aug issue of Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health

July 22, 2004

Silver Spring, MD - In the aftermath of a disaster or other mass tragedy, life cycle events such as childbirth will continue regardless of the chaos and women and newborns deserve the surety of safe, effective care in disaster situations, according to a special supplement this month of the Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health. Titled 'Low Tech, High Effect: Caring for Women and Infants During Disasters and Low-Resource Settings' the supplement shares current knowledge of effective care for maternal and child health in disaster or low resource settings.

"Midwives are optimally prepared to draw upon their existing knowledge base in order to minimize interventions to achieve positive outcomes, especially in disaster situations," said Gwen Brumbaugh Kenney, CNM, PhD, guest editor of the supplement issue. "Knowing what simple technologies are effective and developing skills to implement those interventions can increase the quality of care in the midst of adverse circumstances."

Articles in the special supplement describe various approaches for maternal and reproductive health services in refugee and displaced populations; policy issues affecting women and infants in complex humanitarian emergencies such as war or drought; and details evidence-based information on cost-effective interventions for neonatal care in low-resource settings. Also included in the supplement is an updated primer called 'Giving Birth in Place,' an authoritative resource manual from the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

In JMWH's July/August issue, readers will find several other items of interest related to international health: Other articles in this issue include:
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Representatives of the media may obtain complimentary copies of articles by contacting Tim Clarke, Jr. at tclarke@acnm.org. Please discuss articles of interest with the authors before publishing stories on their work, and please make reference to the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health in stories published. Contact Tim Clarke, Jr. for additional information or assistance.

For more information, please contact Tim Clarke, Jr., ACNM Communications Manager at 240-485-1821 or via email at tclarke@acnm.org.

With roots dating to 1929, the American College of Nurse-Midwives is the oldest women's health care association in the U.S. ACNM's mission is to promote the health and well-being of women and infants within their families and communities through the development and support of the profession of midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives. Midwives believe every individual has the right to safe, satisfying health care with respect for human dignity and cultural variations. More information about ACNM can be found at www.midwife.org .

American College of Nurse-Midwives

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