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Pregnancy Resources
 
Pregnancy Resources complements the new 2014 editions of Beginnings Pregnancy Guide and Parents Guide. Each of these resources has been reviewed and found reliable and easy-to-use.  First find your topic, or the page number on which you found essential information in your Guide.  Under each topic, links are organized by stage of pregnancy or child age. 

To add a resource or let us know about a problem with any of these resources, contact simones@beginningsguides.com.

Beginnings Pregnancy Guide
 
Prenatal Care
Page 5 "Get prenatal care, you will all be glad you did"
 
Choose the right health care provider for pregnancy and childbirth
What you need to know about choosing your prenatal care provider. Getting early and regular prenatal care is very important for having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
 
Questions to ask your care provider
This is a long list of questions to ask when selecting a maternity care provider.  It is unlikely there is time in a visit to go through the whole list. Select a few that are important to you and will give you a sense of the provider’s approach. 

Find affordable healthcare coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace-A new way to get affordable coverage.
 
Find free or low-cost services for mother and baby
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB): Prenatal Services. Hotline number to help pregnant women and mothers with newborns find free or low-cost services in their state for themselves and their babies. Telephone: (800) 311-BABY (311-2229); (800) 504-7081 (Spanish).
 
Find help with child spacing, family planning, pregnancy termination
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate.
Mother's Advocate is dedicated to helping you have the healthiest, safest, most satisfying birth possible. While every birth is unique there is substantial evidence that points to ways you can improve your chances of having the best birth experience. This website offers free video clips and print materials that will educate and inform you on how to have the birth you want for you and your baby.



Ultrasound
Page 8 What is an ultrasound and why do I need one?

The use of ultrasound imaging devices for producing fetal keepsake videos is viewed as an unapproved use
by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
 
Fetal Ultrasound
 

Pregnancy Nutrition
Page 13 "Nutrition Notes"
 
Understand which nutrients you need most and where to find them.
Pregnancy diet: Focus on these essential nutrients
A healthy pregnancy diet will promote your baby's growth and development. Understand which nutrients you need most and where to find them.
 
Foods to avoid during pregnancy
More foods can affect your health or your baby's than you might realize. Find out what foods to avoid during pregnancy.
 
How long does your food last? Shelf life guide
 

Childbirth Education and Doulas
Page 41 "Sign up now for childbirth education classes"
 
Find a childbirth education class near you.

Lamaze  is a nonprofit organization that promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.
 
The Bradley Method of Husband Coached Childbirth classes stress the importance of Healthy Baby, Healthy Mother and Healthy Families. We attract families who are willing to take the responsibility needed for preparation and birth.
 
The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.
 
What is a Doula and where can I find one?
 
Dona International is the oldest and largest Doula organization in the world.
 
CAPPA - A Professional Organization for Doulas, Childbirth and Lactation Educators
 
 
Breastfeeding
Page 62 "Breast feeding is best"
 
Breast is best! Find out why and how to ensure the best start.
 
La Leche League International’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
 
Break Time for Nursing Mothers Under the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) outlines basic requirements, under federal law, that employers must meet related to ensuring that nursing mothers can express breast milk during the work day. The employee rights card lists resources where additional information can be obtained and provides information on how to file a complaint with the Department of Labor. The card and a widget are available at http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/nursingmotherscard.htm
 

Due Dates
Page 8 "When will baby be born"
 
Range of Due Dates Better for Expectant Moms
Medpage Today
 
Finding Your Most Accurate Due Date
 

Birth Plan
Page 70 "Childbirth is not a test"
 
Creating a birth plan is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your partner and your care provider how you would like you birth to be handled. By researching your options you empower yourself to make informed decisions about your care while also planning for the unexpected.
 
Informed Consent
Page 10 "Ask Questions - What is this going to tell us? Why do we need to know?
 
The Pregnant Patient’s Bill of Rights
Alliance for the Improvement of Maternity Services (AIMS)
Do you know you have the right of informed consent or of the obstetricians' legal obligation to obtain their patient's informed consent prior to treatment.
 
Understanding and Navigating the Maternity Care System
 
Labor Induction
Page 46 "Pregnancy lasts 40 weeks"

Don't rush your baby's birth day
More and more births are being scheduled a little early. Experts are learning that this can cause problems. If possible, it's best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own.
 
Induction of Labor: What You Need to Know
 
Suggestions for Labor Partners
Page 71 "Your supporters role"
 
Tips and suggestions for partners to help mom physically and emotionally through labor and childbirth.
 
Tips for Becoming A Top-Notch Pregnancy Partner
 
 
Postpartum Depression
Page 85 "Mothers Warning Signs"
 
Postpartum Support International (PSI): Get Help. Find state and local PSI support coordinators, support groups, telephone support, and local events for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and their families. Includes specialized contacts for dads, military families, and families who speak Spanish or Arabic.
 
March of Dimes (MOD). Information in English and Spanish about postpartum depression.
 
MedEd PPD Postpartum Depression Resource. Information about postpartum depression in English and Spanish. Features an online diagnostic test, a symptoms checklist, tips for choosing a mental health professional, personal stories, and answers to frequently asked questions from experts in the field.
 
MedlinePlus: Postpartum Depression. Links to information in English and Spanish about postpartum depression. Presents a bilingual fact sheet about emotional changes after having a baby. The fact sheet is written in English on one side. The other side is written in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, or Vietnamese.
 
 
Newborn Care
 
How to take your Baby or Toddler's Temperature
Page 92 "How to take your baby's temperature"
 
Concerned your newborn has a fever? Here are two simple techniques you can use to take a baby's temperature.
 
 
How to Choose a Pediatrician
When seeking the best medical care for your children, where should you turn?
 

Miscellaneous


Smartphone Scanner/Reader Apps for QR Codes – See here a listing of some of the QR Code Reader/Scanner apps that are available on popular smart phones

QR Codes Explained – A quick and easy explanation of QR Codes, their origin, usefulness, how to read them, and how to create them.
 
 
 

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