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Planning for a disaster

Monday, May 5th, 2014

storm clouds, hurricaneA disaster is an event that brings an extreme amount of stress into your life. The needs of pregnant women and families with infants during a disaster are unique. You still need to follow any evacuation and preparation instructions given by your state, but there may be some special things to consider if you are pregnant or have an infant.

The March of Dimes and the American Public Health Association (APHA) have teamed up to bring you a series of six fact sheets to help pregnant women and families with infants be prepared in case of an emergency. These fact sheets provide basic, easy-to-read information on what you need to know before, during and after a disaster or other emergency. They include:

You can also learn more about being prepared for a disaster if you are pregnant or if you have a baby on our website.

Being pregnant or caring for a baby can make a disaster even more stressful but getting prepared ahead of time can make things a little easier for you and your family.

Hurricane hype serves a purpose

Monday, August 27th, 2012

hurricaneWhenever I turned on the TV over the weekend, I saw a lot of coverage of tropical storm Isaac and its threat to Florida and the Republican National Convention and then New Orleans. Memories of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina still are fresh in everyone’s mind and the press isn’t letting us forget. Drama and politics aside, however, we need to remember that we are in hurricane season. For all of you who live along the coasts that may be affected by a hurricane, it is important to remember safety preparation tips.

The needs of a pregnant woman during a disaster are unique. Prepare as much as you can before a disaster strikes. This will help you to stay healthy and safe. Follow these tips:
– Make sure to let your health care provider’s office (doctor, midwife or nurse-practitioner) know where you will be.
– Make a list of all prescription medications and prenatal vitamins that you are taking.
– Get a copy of your prenatal records from your health care provider.
– If you have a case manager or participate in a program such as Healthy Start or Nurse-Family Partnership, let your case manager know where you are going. Give him or her a phone number to use to contact you.
– If you have a high-risk pregnancy or you are close to delivery, check with your health care provider to determine the safest option for you.

You still need to follow any evacuation and preparation instructions given by your state, but here is a link to some special things to consider during and after a disaster.

If you have recently had a baby or you are caring for a newborn, this article is designed to help you prepare for a disaster. If you are caring for an infant and have questions about the health effects of a potential disaster, please talk with a health care professional.

The media may be a bit dramatic at times, but they are right about one thing. Now is the time to make preparations and have a plan in place for your family to follow in case you ever need it.