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.
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.
Marketplace-A new way to get affordable coverage.
free or low-cost services for mother and baby
help with child spacing, family planning, pregnancy termination
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.
8 What is an ultrasound and why do I need one?
use of ultrasound imaging devices for producing fetal keepsake videos is viewed
as an unapproved use
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
13 "Nutrition Notes"
which nutrients you need most and where to find them.
diet: Focus on these essential nutrients
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
foods can affect your health or your baby's than you might realize. Find out
what foods to avoid during pregnancy.
long does your food last? Shelf life guide
Education and Doulas
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
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.
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.
is a Doula and where can I find one?
International is the oldest and largest Doula organization in the world.
- A Professional Organization for Doulas, Childbirth and Lactation Educators
Page 62 "Breast feeding is best"
is best! Find out why and how to ensure the best start.
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.
Time for Nursing Mothers Under the Fair Labor
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
8 "When will baby be born"
Range of Due Dates
Better for Expectant Moms
Finding Your Most Accurate Due Date
70 "Childbirth is not a test"
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.
10 "Ask Questions - What is this going to tell us? Why do we need to know?
Pregnant Patient’s Bill of Rights
for the Improvement of Maternity Services (AIMS)
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.
and Navigating the Maternity Care System
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
for Labor Partners
71 "Your supporters role"
and suggestions for partners to help mom physically and emotionally through labor
for Becoming A Top-Notch Pregnancy Partner
85 "Mothers Warning Signs"
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.
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.
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.
to take your Baby or Toddler's Temperature
92 "How to take your baby's temperature"
your newborn has a fever? Here are two simple techniques you can use to take a
to Choose a Pediatrician
seeking the best medical care for your children, where should you turn?
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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