Women's Health
Emergency tips from the March of Dimes for Pregnant Women and Mothers of Infants
Sep 8, 2017 - 1:57:27 PM

( - WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 8, 2017 -- As residents of Florida and the Southeast brace for Hurricane Irma, and possibly other storms to follow that could bring high-speed winds and torrential rain, the March of Dimes offers tips to help protect pregnant women, moms, and newborns in case of emergencies.

1)  Pregnant women should discuss any concerns and their delivery plans with their obstetrician or other perinatal care provider. Know the signs of labor and if you experience any of these symptoms, do NOT wait for them to just go away.  Seek immediate medical care. Preterm labor is any labor before 37 weeks gestation. The signs of labor are:

2)  All families should have at least a three-day supply of food and sterile water stored in their homes, with at least one gallon of water per person per day. If you have the space, experts recommend a week's supply of non-perishable food and sterile water. Try to choose foods that are high in protein and low in salt and fat.

3)  Your stockpile also should contain a battery-operated radio in case the power goes out; flashlights; a manual can opener; extra batteries; and copies of important documents. For downloadable instructions online for creating a disaster kit, go to:

4)  If your baby uses medical equipment, charge all equipment with backup energy sources such as batteries. Notify the local Fire department or Emergency Medical Services that you have a baby dependent on medical equipment. Also notify the power company. It is wise to consider evacuation to a location with stable or emergency backup power.

5)  Put together an emergency bag in advance in the event you do need to evacuate. What should you pack if you need to evacuate?

6)  Keep your baby warm and close for extra protection.

7)  Pregnant women and new moms should do their best to eat regularly and nutritiously and stay hydrated. If you are packing food, try to include protein bars, nuts, dried fruit, and granola.

8)  Do your best to get enough rest.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.


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