Ob/Gyn & Perinatal Specialists would like to provide you with the following information to help you plan a course of action before, during and after a hurricane in our area. We are making every effort to assure that you and your baby are safe and that we can be as accessible as possible during and after a hurricane. Every hospital in the area has a physician on call in the hospital to provide obstetrical care during a hurricane. Generally, Ob/Gyn Specialists has one of its own physicians at St. Mary’s Hospital, Wellington Regional Hospital and Jupiter Hospital during a hurricane.
IF THERE IS A HURRICANE WARNING FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY
If you are 36 weeks pregnant or more you may “camp out” at the hospital if you choose.
You must supply your own food, water, snacks, pillows and blankets. You will be sleeping on the floor, so bring a sleeping bag or ample blankets.
YOU MAY NOT BRING ANY PETS
Be prepared for a 3 day stay. Bring things to read, games, etc. to keep your time occupied.
JUPITER HOSPITAL: Only allows 1 additional adult boarder and no children.
If you have complications of pregnancy, especially a history of premature labor, you should consider “camping out” at an earlier gestational age.
If you are uncomfortable about remaining home or in a shelter at any gestational age the hospitals will not likely turn anyone away. Use your discretion and be sensible. You may want to call the hospital directly.
AFTER A HURRICANE
We make every effort to open our offices as soon as authorities and building managers permit us to do so. It is likely that one or more of our offices may not be operational and we will make every attempt to continue providing care in those offices where we are permitted and able to see patients.
OB/GYN & PERINATAL SPECIALISTS HURRICANE OFFICE HOTLINE–
561-625-2490 option 4
Please call the number above to listen to a recording, which will announce which offices are open and the number to call if the phones are functioning at that location along with other important information we may need to relay to you. Please try this number first before calling our regular office numbers. The regular numbers forward to our answering service and when their lines are overburdened, everyone will get a busy signal. Please help by calling the hotline number first so you can be directed to our staff at an office which is open.
IN AN EMERGENCY, IF YOU CANNOT REACH US, PLEASE GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.