September 2, 2008

Emergency Planning Tips for Pregnant Women and Families with Young Children

Just in time for the hurricane season, the CDC has launched a new website aimed at pregnant women and families with young children to help them prepare for an emergency or disaster.

The site includes tips for what to have on hand during an emergency, what to bring if you’re evacuating, and resources to help with the aftermath — including a number to call if you’re concerned about the effects of disaster-related exposures if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding (that would be the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists at 1-866-626-OTIS or 1-866-626-6847).

Bonus: A short sidebar on preparing for an emergency birth suggests visiting the American College of Nurse-Midwives for more information. Great idea for everyone!


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