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Hurricane Preparedness: Pregnant Women and Families

While we can’t say which way the wind will blow the hurricane, we want to ensure that pregnant women and their families are taking the necessary precautions in case things take a turn for the worse. It is vital to have a plan for disasters such as hurricanes to avoid added stress on a family, especially during pregnancy.

These tips should come in handy in creating a family communications plan so mom, dad and any other family members involved know what to do as a team before, during and after a hurricane or in an evacuation.

To begin with, everybody needs to have a Disaster Supplies Kit and secure any missing items if possible and make sure their cars are filled with gas, etc. But if you are pregnant or have an infant, it is important to plan accordingly.

For pregnant moms, March of Dimes has a recommended packing list found here. Make sure to pack enough bottled water to keep hydrated and do not lift large or heavy objects – have a friend or family member help you. If you are close to your due date, talk to your health care provider about what to do in case of emergency.

For moms with infants, March of Dimes has many helpful tips for families facing emergency situations:

• Keep a list of numbers that are important including your health care provider, case manager and hospital and keep a copy of you and your baby’s medical records and your baby’s immunization records.
• Babies have an increased need during emergency situations for comfort provided by breastfeeding and it can also provide stress relief for mom. It is the best recommendation during hurricanes as you do not need refrigeration or clean bottles.

If you are concerned about the health of you or your baby, contact your health care provider or emergency room immediately.

After the hurricane blows over, there are still many precautions to take. Do not bring any babies or children into a home that has been evacuated from until it has been checked for gas leaks, electrical system damage and sewage and water line damage.

Watches and Warnings
The National Weather Service issues a hurricane watch when the threat of hurricane conditions falls within 24-36 hours, and when conditions are expected in 24 hours or less a hurricane warning is issued. It is important to follow the advice of government officials and local law enforcement, so please listen when told to evacuate under their direction for the safety of you, your baby and your whole family.

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Healthy Start’s 2019 Spring Workshop Maternal and Infant Health

Healthy Start of Brevard hosted its Spring Workshop on Friday, February 9, 2019 at the Florida Department of Health – Bill Posey Conference Center in Viera, Florida. Our speakers from Nemours Children’s Health System presented on maternal and infant health as it relates to postpartum depression, CMV infections during pregnancy, and genetic disorders in infants.

Dr. Armando Fuentes’ and Dr. Jane lerardi’s knowledge and expertise on these topics were beneficial to all that attended. We appreciate their dedication to educating our community partners and making this workshop a successful event.


SPEAKERS:

Depression During Pregnancy and Postpartum 
– Dr. Armando Fuentes, MD
Chair of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Nemours Children’s Health System

CMV Infections During Pregnancy
– Dr. Armando Fuentes, MD
Chair of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Nemours Children’s Health System

Common Genetic Disorders in the Newborn 
– Dr. Jane lerardi, MD
Medical Director of the Nemours Florida Partnerships


3 CEU Credits were approved for: Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Teachers, Nutritionists, and Nurses (RNs, LPNs, CNAs, ARNPs, Midwives).  CEUs were provided by Children’s Home Society of Florida BAP #109-Exp: 03/31/19, Brevard Public Schools, and Brevard County Health Department FBN 50-255

A special thank you to Intercoastal Insurance, Inc and Imperial Expressions for sponsoring the workshop.  Thank you for your continued support in Healthy Start and the moms and babies of Brevard County!

For more information on our next workshop, call 321-634-6101.

Healthy Start’s 2018 Workshop Medication-Assisted Treatment During Pregnancy

Healthy Start hosted our annual workshop on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Florida Department of Health – Bill Posey Conference Center in Viera, Florida. As opioids continue to impact the moms and babies in our community, the Healthy Start 2018 Workshop focused on medicated-assisted treatments, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole-patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. 

Our speaker, Dave Kneessy, M.S., LMHC, MCAP, MAC, is the Regional Director at the Central Florida Treatment Center in Brevard County. Dave’s knowledge and expertise on this topic was beneficial to all that attended. We appreciate his dedication to educating our community partners and making this workshop a successful event.

3 CEU Credits were approved for: Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Teachers, Nutritionists, and Nurses (RNs, LPNs, CNAs, ARNPs, Midwives).  CEUs were provided by Children’s Home Society of Florida BAP #109-Exp: 03/31/19, Brevard Public Schools, and Brevard County Health Department FBN 50-255


A special thank you to Parrish Medical Center for sponsoring the workshop breakfast.  Thank you for your continued support in Healthy Start and the moms and babies of Brevard County!