What about Hurricanes (or other extreme emergencies)?

Emergency Plans

Yes, we try to plan for just about anything at Corpus Christi Birth Center. Living on the coast of South Texas, the most likely emergency of an extreme nature that we might face would be a hurricane. So, during hurricane season, we want our patients to know what to do if we are unable to safely provide services for you during to any emergency that might prevent us from providing care.

In the event of an emergency, a message on our voice mail will inform callers of our plans with instructions on what to do. We will also send out an email to alert our patients.

If the city of Corpus Christi orders an evacuation of the area, we will advise our patients to follow those evacuation orders. Our staff cannot be available or responsible for your care during an evacuation.  

As hurricane season gets underway, we want to encourage all families to be prepared for a possible evacuation. We have compiled some information to help expecting families and families with newborns during an emergency. Any further questions should be discussed with the midwives during your 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 by the birth center will not be readily available. Also, sanitation and nutrition conditions after a hurricane may not be safe for pregnant women and the babies they carry.

Families should have a plan for where they would evacuate and how, and where they would receive medical care if needed during the time they are gone. We can sometimes help with suggestions. Sometimes midwives in other regions are willing to be available if you contact them prior to evacuation. Just talk to us and we can give you referrals. Our patients will be expected to make their own financial arrangements for any additional care provided by any other care providers during an emergency.

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 Corpus Christi 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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(361) 883-2229