When a hurricane is forecast to hit the area within 24 hours, Baptist Health’s hospitals with maternity services will offer shelter for expectant mothers who are 36 weeks pregnant or more, or who have high-risk pregnancies as determined by their physician. Plan to go to the hospital at which you have registered to deliver your baby.
As the storm approaches, a Hurricane Hotline for all hospitals will be activated. Please call 1-866-NEW-KID1 (1-866-639-5431) before coming to the hospital. You will be prompted to choose the hospital at which you plan to deliver your baby and hear information specific to that hospital. The hotline will be updated as new information on the path of the storm becomes available. A recorded message will provide information about when to come to the hospital and where to go when you arrive.
Women who are 36 weeks pregnant or more, or who are high-risk, may bring one adult with them to the hospital. Unfortunately, due to limited space, we are not able to accommodate more than one person with the expectant mother. Children and families may not accompany the expectant mother to the hospital.
- An air mattress —no larger than a full-size mattress
- A folding chair
- Bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, etc.).
- Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, make-up, towels, etc.)
- Meals to last for 48 hours for the maternity patient and her support person. This food should be nonperishable and ready-to-eat. There will be no facilities to cook or refrigerate food. Sandwiches, crackers, snacks and other nonperishable items are recommended
- Fluids to last for 48 hours for both people. Cans or small plastic containers are recommended.
- Medicine that is taken regularly
- Reading material
- Change of clothing
We recommend that you gather all of these supplies at the beginning of the hurricane season, June 1, to avoid last-minute trips to the store or shortages of these supplies.