Parenting: Pregnancy Navigator helps moms following hurricane

Posted at 3:30 AM, Sep 15, 2020

Kaitlin Mccallon is from Ragley; her home severely damaged by Hurricane Laura.

"We have water damage," Mccallon said. "We were able to save the stuff on the inside, but not on that outside. That was stressful."

Mccallon is also eight months pregnant and an O-negative blood type. Because she may potentially be exposed to Rh-positive blood, she will need a RhoGam shot.

"It's a very small window that I have to do that which could be life or death to the pregnancy."

That meant that she needed to find a doctor and hospital, quick.

Mccallon reached out to Our Lady of Lourdes Women's and Children's hospital in Lafayette where she met RN and Pregnancy Navigator, Evie Robison.

"I called her on Wednesday and she had the information on the Friday," Mccallon said.

Robison's job is to help moms-to-be like Kaitlin get to the right people.

"I got the piece of mind that I was wanting," Mccallon said. "It was a big relief."

Robison said that she has always found joy in her job. She said going through this process after Hurricane Laura has solidified why she is a pregnancy navigator.

"I personally can't imagine," Robison started. "From moms whose apartments were completely demolished to homes where their roofs were torn off and---they are desperate right now and it's heartbreaking. It's the easiest job to smile and offer kindness, lend a helping hand, and just work with them."

For Mccallon, she can breath a little easier. Now she knows that she and her unborn child will be taken care until they can meet face-to-face.


(337) 470-BABY to connect with the Pregnancy Navigator

Try and have as much documentation as you can get your hands on.

  • medical records
  • insurance
  • blood work, etc

These items are not needed--but will help them figure out where a person is in their pregnancy.

The link below will provide you with more information on the Our Lady of Lourdes Women's and Children's Hospital Pregnancy Navigator.