Hurricane Preparedness Tips, The needs for parents and pregnant women are unique
, Virginia, June 01, 2013
Natural disasters can make life more complicated for pregnant women and infants living in high risk areas. While we can’t change the weather, we can change what we do to deal with whatever Mother Nature delivers.
“A weather emergency or other disaster is a nerve-wracking time for anyone, but especially for pregnant women and new parents,” says Julie Samples, Chair of the March of Dimes Program Services Committee. “March of Dimes urges you to be prepared and have a plan in place to save time in an emergency and help reduce unneeded stress.”
Women should discuss any concerns and their delivery plans with their obstetrician or other health care provider. Families should follow local hurricane readiness guidelines and put together an emergency bag in the event they need to evacuate quickly.
The March of Dimes has brochures with tips to prepare for an emergency including timely and relevant information about food, water, breastfeeding and infant formula, and signs and symptoms of preterm and normal labor. It’s vital that all pregnant women in areas affected by a disaster know to seek medical care immediately if they have any of the symptoms of labor.
Download these handy March of Dimes guides to prepare for a storm.
Prepare for Disaster – Families with Infants or Anyone Caring for a Newborn