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Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond

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Resources for pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting

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Free mobile app

Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond is a mobile application for the Apple iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®; the Android smartphone and tablet; and the Kindle Fire. The free app includes content from the book and the ability to follow baby's kicks and movements, time / track contractions and, after baby is born, track feedings and diaper changes. Download the free app:

iPhone and iPad app in the Apple Store Android app on Google Play Kindle Fire app

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Use your cellphone to receive text messages to help you before and after baby arrives. Text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411, or go to to sign up for this free service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

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Allina Health pregnancy care

We can help you give your child the best possible beginning. To learn more, go to

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The Baby Café of United Hospital

Stop by to gain support and assistance from a certified lactation consultant. Call the Baby Café information line at 651-241-5088.

Unity Hospital Baby Café

Unity Hospital's Baby Café is a free, drop-in center for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to consult with an international board-certified lactation consultant.

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Allina Health Postpartum Depression Support

Allina Health sponsors ongoing support groups for women who are experiencing or are at risk for postpartum depression. Mothers are invited to bring their babies to meetings in Minneapolis and West St. Paul. Please call 612-863-4770 before attending your first meeting or if you are just seeking information about postpartum mood disorders. 

Help Me Grow

If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to your health care provider or call Help Me Grow, Minnesota's early intervention system, at 1-866-693-GROW (4769). For more information, visit

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, ISBN 1-931876-14-2

First published: 08/15/2011
Last updated: 08/15/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts