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Disasters and Pregnancy


Approximately 39 minutes

Course Description:

The online course "Disasters and Pregnancy" features a presentation delivered by Dr. Pierre Buekens. The presentation covers Dr. Buekens’ research on pregnant women in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and addresses the issues pregnant women face in a disaster, including the effects of disaster on birth outcomes, postpartum depression, and the frequency of PTSD.

This presentation was recorded at Pacific EMPRINTS’ 2008 Pacific Preparedness Conference: Capacity Building to Address Vulnerable Populations, on January 16, 2008. This Conference was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


This online course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Describe functional response roles for one’s profession, health agencies, and community members.
  2. Describe public health interventions that are a part of a response to surveillance signals.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this online course, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the impact of hurricanes on birth outcomes.
  2. Understand the impact of hurricanes on postpartum depression and the frequency on post-traumatic stress disorder.
  3. Identify public health interventions to support pregnant women and postpartum women exposed to hurricanes and their aftermath.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Other Emergency Medical Services personnel


Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD, MPH,
Dr. Pierre Buekens is trained as both an OB/GYN and an epidemiologist, and is an internationally renowned advocate for perinatal health. In January 2003, Dr. Buekens became Dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and was recently appointed as the William Hamilton Watkins Professor of Epidemiology. He is also the Chair of the Global Health Committee for the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.