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  1. Mielke, Ruth PhD, CNM, FACNM, WHNP-BC
  2. Prepas, Roberta CNM, MN, NP, JD


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.