Fire Danger Southern California | March of Dimes | Important Info for Moms & Babies
I just received an email this morning from the March of Dimes. It contains useful information for expectant moms & babies who may be in the fire danger zone of Southern California. Please read below:
Like you, we at the March of Dimes California Chapter are very concerned about the fires in Southern California. We are doing all we can to help protect the health of those most vulnerable - pregnant women and babies. We are working with the media to provide necessary tips for expectant mothers and families with infants.
We know that thousands of families are evacuating to local shelters. If you know any families who are expecting a baby or who have an infant, please help us ensure they are informed and prepared on how to care for mom and baby.
Thank you for all you do to help us protect the health of all mothers and babies.
Special information for Pregnant Women:
* Bring copies of medical records, including prenatal medical records and contact information for your health care provider
* Immediately notify the shelter of your pregnancy and get information about the location of hospitals in the area
* Ensure you have plenty of water and high-protein snacks
* Bring with you any medications, including prenatal vitamins and prescriptions
* Do all you can to reduce stress - stress is a major factor in preterm labor
Learn the signs of preterm labor and contact shelter officials immediately if you experience any of the following:
* Contractions every 10 minutes or more
* Leaking vaginal fluid or bleeding
* Feeling that baby is pushing down
* Low, dull backache
* Abdominal cramps
Special information for Families with Infants:
* Bring copies of baby's medical records and contact information for health care providers
* Pack a large supply of diapers (approximately 70 diapers per week for newborns)
* Bring plenty of ready-to-serve formula - never use water treated with iodine or chlorine tablets to prepare powdered formula
* Shelters can be loud, bring pacifiers and any other items that may soothe your baby
* Stress can affect a woman's milk supply if breastfeeding. Even if breastfeeding, have on-hand ready-to-serve formula
Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Children are our greatest gift, treat them with extraordinary care!