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Preparing for Delivery During Hurricane Season

June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic Basin hurricane season, with forecasters predicting 2020 to be the busiest in a decade. Being pregnant during hurricane season and the current COVID-19 pandemic may have women feeling more anxious. As part of the planning process, a pregnant woman should have a copy of her prenatal record from her physician's office. If a woman is close to her due date, she should speak with her health care provider about what to do in case of an emergency.

Families may already have an emergency kit, including supplies such as flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, food and water. Additionally, a pregnant woman's emergency kit should also contain nutritious foods, such as protein bars, nuts, dried fruit and granola; maternity and baby clothes; prenatal vitamins and other medications; and extra bottled water. (Note: It’s especially important for pregnant women to always stay hydrated.) It is also important to have on hand emergency birth supplies, such as clean towels, sharp scissors, infant bulb syringe, medical gloves, two white shoelaces, sheets and sanitary pads; two blankets; and closed-toe shoes. To find more information about hurricane preparedness while being pregnant, visit the American Public Health Association.

Refer a Pregnant Woman Today

Do you know a pregnant woman who could benefit from the services of Healthy Women Houston? Healthy Women Houston continues to enroll new members as well as work with our expectant mama members to ensure they have access to the medical, behavioral and social supports and services they deserve. You can refer a pregnant woman to Healthy Women Houston by completing the online referral form. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Refer a Woman to Healthy Women Houston

The Woman’s Perspective: Angela

Angela is a 30-year old, single mom who was pregnant with her fourth child. When she asked her caseworker at the Salvation Army for resources to support her pregnancy, she was referred to Healthy Women Houston. Meleekah served as her community care coordinator, providing Angela with personalized health and social support recommendations.

Angela says Meleekah “wanted the best for my pregnancy. That's what really sealed the deal with me staying in the program. She was very supportive and easy to talk to.” Angela received her prenatal care at Avenue 360 Health & Wellness Center. Today, Angela and her five-month-old baby girl both continue to receive their medical care at Avenue 360.

“I think women should get into this program because it's developing new things everyday. And to be someone who is a part of it is an awesome feeling. Especially when your child gets to be in the program since before birth.”
Pictured: Angela, Healthy Women Houston Member

Virtual Mama Circles
Every Thursday at 1 p.m.

Virtual Mama Circles allow expectant and current mamas to connect virtually with a community of other mamas. We will connect, encourage and support each other on Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. Share your perspective, knowledge, recommendations and experience as we discuss various aspects of life as it relates to motherhood. All mamas are welcome! RSVP, and we'll send you the Zoom login information. Coming soon: Spanish Virtual Mama Circles.
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