Tools and Resources

For Pregnant, Postpartum, and Breastfeeding Women

These tools and resources can assist when preparing for and responding to the needs of women of reproductive age and infants before, during, and after public health emergencies. Many of these were developed collaboratively with local, state, and federal partners.

Toolkits for Emergency Planning and Response
Department of Health of Health and Human Services (HHS) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Emergency Planning Toolkit

Suite of toolsexternal icon built with federal MCH experts and partners that outlines basic planning steps, highlights key resources and promising practices, and explains critical data and information to be integrated into emergency planning for MCH populations.

Increasing Access to Contraception: A Toolkit for Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

This toolkitexternal icon provides “how to” information for organizations  who are interested in learning about, replicating, or adapting key components of the The Zika Contraception Access Network (Z-CAN)external icon program. The Z-CAN was developed by the CDC Foundation, in partnership with CDC, and established a network of trained physicians across Puerto Rico that provided women with client-centered contraceptive counseling and same-day access to the full range of FDA-approved reversible contraceptive methods at no cost during the 2016–2017 Zika virus outbreak.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Tools
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Checklist for Maternal and Infant Health

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in collaboration with DRH, developed a preparedness checklistexternal icon to serve as a framework for local, state, tribal and territorial emergency planning. The checklist is intended to increase the capacity of all U.S. jurisdictions to ensure that the needs of women of reproductive age, especially pregnant and postpartum women, and infants are planned for in the event of emergencies.

MCH Epidemiology and Emergency Preparedness and Response Capacity Assessment

The Council State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) in collaboration with DRH, developed a capacity assessmentpdf iconexternal icon to understand the current state of MCH emergency preparedness and response within state and territorial public health departments. This project was an opportunity to expand on existing assessments and develop new content, with a focus on overall capacity for MCH preparedness and response at an organizational and individual level.

Pregnancy Estimator

This tool estimates the number of pregnant women in a jurisdiction in the United States at any given point in time. It includes a simulated example pdf icon[PDF – 195KB], a point-in-time calculator form pdf icon[PDF – 73.1KB], and a geographic calculator excel icon[XLS 17.3KB] to estimate the number of pregnant women in a jurisdiction using Excel software. The tool can be used for preparedness and response efforts.

Post-disaster Indicators for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants

This list pdf icon[PDF – 816KB] includes common epidemiologic indicators for pregnant and postpartum women and infants who are affected by disasters and offers suggested measurement approaches. This publicationexternal icon describes the process for developing the post-disaster indicators.

Sample Protocol for Using Post-Disaster Indicators for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Infants

Provides information pdf icon[PDF – 463KB] on how post-disaster health indicators can be used when collecting supplemental information on pregnant and postpartum women.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Standard and Supplemental Questions

The responses to these questions  help investigators to understand the effects of emerging infections and major natural disasters on maternal and infant health. This pretested questionpdf icon (see Question KK4, page 72) helps to assess the level of preparedness for a disaster among postpartum women.

Coordinated Anthrax Emergency Guidelines

Clinical information for health care providers and public health professionals caring for pregnant, postpartum, and lactating women in the setting of a bioterrorist event involving anthrax. In addition, this reportexternal icon describes the recommendations pertaining to communication about anthrax exposure and treatment for lay and professional audiences and training for health professionals.

Communication Resources
Disaster Safety for Expectant and New Parents Feature

These tips and safety messages help to keep expectant and new parents safe before, during, and after a disaster.

Sample Scripts to Counsel Parents and Caregivers

This document pdf icon[PDF – 173 KB] outlines steps parents and caregivers can take before and during a disaster to provide a safe sleep environment for their baby.