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    March of Dimes urges expecting moms and families with Newborns to be prepared for hurricane season

    Maitland, Florida, May 14, 2014 —

    Natural disasters can bring unexpected complications to pregnant women and infants living in high-risk areas. While we can’t change the weather, we can take measures to deal with Mother Nature’s surprises and make sure the journey through pregnancy is as smooth as possible.

    “Weather emergencies – such as the torrential rains that recently hit our Gulf Coast – and other kinds of disasters can bring devastating consequences, and are particularly nerve-wracking for pregnant women and new parents,” said Dr. Karen Harris, Chair of the Program Services Committee for the Florida Chapter of the March of Dimes. “March of Dimes urges you to be prepared and have a plan in place to save time in an emergency and help reduce unneeded stress.”

    Women should discuss any concerns and their delivery plans with their obstetrician or other health care provider. Families should follow local hurricane readiness guidelines and put together an emergency bag in the event they need to evacuate quickly.

    March of Dimes offers brochures, available in English and in Spanish, with tips to prepare for an emergency, including timely and relevant information about food, water, breastfeeding and infant formula, and signs and symptoms of preterm and normal labor. It’s vital that all pregnant women in areas affected by a disaster know how to seek medical care immediately if they have any symptoms of labor.

    Download these handy March of Dimes guides to prepare for a storm and make sure you get familiarized with emergency procedures for your and your baby’s safety.

    Prepare for Disaster – Families with Infants or Anyone Caring for a Newborn
    Prepare for Disaster – Families with Infants or Anyone Caring for a Newborn - Spanish
    Prepare for Disaster – Pregnant Women
    Prepare for Disaster – Pregnant Women - Spanish

    For general planning and preparation visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida Department of Health, and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

    For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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    Esteban Meneses, Public Relations Coordinator, 321-274-8683

    Rochelle Darman, State Director of Marketing and Communications, 754-300-2610

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