Take care of your own health.
Get a Tdap shot. This will help protect you from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis and help reduce the risk that you expose your baby and loved ones to those diseases.
Learn about pregnancy.
Go to your partner's prenatal visits.
Find ways to help your partner deal with the changes of pregnancy.
Spend time with your partner focusing on your baby and how you want to parent.
Spend time interacting with your developing baby.
Learn about childbirth. Take childbirth, breastfeeding or parenting classes. Find classes and registration at allinahealth.org/classes or call Allina Health Class Registration at 1-866-904-9962.
Work with your partner to create a birth plan.
Learn baby care skills and how to support your baby's feedings.
Find ways to be close with your partner.
Take care of your baby while he is in the hospital.
Find ways to help with household and baby care.
Spend time each day holding and playing with your baby.
The labor companion's quick checklist
Chart your baby's breastfeedings and diapers
Chart your baby's formula feedings and diapers
Choosing child care worksheet
Immunization record worksheet
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8
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