Hurricane Preparedness Plan

In the event of an emergency, a message on our office message machine will inform callers of our plans and an email be sent out alerting patients.

In case of evacuation, we have a pre-arranged agreement with Austin Area Birth Center (central location on Duval), as the meeting place for Bay Area Birth Center clients who may need a place to deliver during the hurricane evacuation time. Contact Jackie Griggs, or Stephanie Palacio, to make arrangements of when and where to meet in Austin.

As hurricane season gets underway, we want to encourage all families to be prepared for possible evacuation. We have compiled some information to help expecting families and families with newborns for an emergency. Any further questions should be discussed with the midwives at your next prenatal appointment!

Making an evacuation plan:

We recommend that pregnant women further than 30 weeks gestational age evacuate for hurricanes category 2 or higher as care is not readily available and sanitation and nutrition conditions are unsafe for pregnant women and the babies they carry.

Families should have a plan for where they would evacuate to, how, and where they would receive medical care if needed.

Families who do not choose to evacuate can get care through local EMS or by presenting to any local emergency room. The midwives of the Bay Area Birth Center will be unable to provide local care during hurricanes category 2 or higher.

We strongly recommend feeding newborns exclusively breast milk. In an emergency, breast feeding is the best option as it does not require use of water which could be contaminated or bottles which may be difficult to keep sterile. Formula should only be used if a newborn gets separated from his or her mother.

While evacuating remember to continue to eat and drink, staying well-nourished is vital to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. If drinking tap water, be sure to follow public announcements that may instruct you to boil or treat water before drinking it. Try to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.

Supplies Checklist for Pregnant Mothers:

  • Clean Maternity Clothes
  • Pads
  • Food and Water for 1 week
  • At least a 1 week supply of any necessary medications
  • Client Care medical record
  • Phone and Chargers

Supplies Checklist for Newborn:

  • Car seat and/or other carriers
  • Diapers and Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Thermometer
  • Tylenol
  • Enough formula for 1 week and water (for emergencies only, breastfeeding is the best option)
  • Clean clothes and blankets
  • Instructions for any special needs- feeding, sleeping schedule, etc.
  • Medical records
  • Identification of newborn and identification documents
  • Emergency contact information

Additional Resources:

http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/stayingsafe_disaster.html

http://www.marchofdimes.com/baby/environment_disaster.html

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

http://www.mymidwife.org/Guide-to-Emergency-Childbirth

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