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Support throughout pregnancy and early parenthood

Classes and support groups

Allina Health welcomes families to be part of the experience at its birth centers.

Pregnancy and parenting classes and support groups

It helps to know you're not alone. We encourage you and your family to gain support not only from our experts, but also from others going through similar experiences.

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In the news

Mobile app helps answer pregnancy questions

Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, a new mobile resource for expectant moms and dads offers quick and easy access to things you need to know about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care. Kris Scott from Allina Health Home Health – Mother and Newborn, says the newest app feature supports families who choose breastfeeding. See the interview on

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Expecting a child? Try this fast track

As a nurse, Kimberly Hinrichs does her best to help expectant parents prepare for the big event. But she couldn't help noticing that there were a lot of empty seats at the childbirth classes she oversees, so she decided to try something new: a "fast track" class for harried parents-to-be. Learn more at

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Bringing up grandbaby: Child-rearing classes for grandparents

Today's grandparents are getting schooled on the changes in child-rearing since they raised their own families. Get perspectives on the Expectant Grandparents class at United Hospital on

Online and mobile tools

Woman places her hand on her pregnant belly as looks down at her iPad and uses the labor log in the Beginnings app.

You can use your iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod touch®; Android smartphone or tablet; or your Kindle Fire to follow baby's kicks, time contractions and, after baby is born, track feedings and diaper changes with the Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond mobile application. Download the free app:

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

Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

Learn what to expect during pregnancy, how to prepare for labor, what to expect during recovery and how to care for a newborn in the format that suits you.

Pregnancy & Parenting eMagazine

Receive the pregnancy, birth and early parenthood information that's right for you in a monthly email.

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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.


Breastfeeding your baby videos

View our NEW Breastfeeding your baby video series—available in English, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

Pain management videos

These videos, ranging from two to six minutes in length and featuring real patients, help expectant women manage pain before, during and after birth.

Topics covered are:

  • Cesarean birth: preparing for Cesarean birth, anesthesia pain relief, Cesarean surgery, Cesarean recovery in the hospital and Cesarean recovery at home
  • vaginal birth: preparing for birth, anesthesia pain relief, coping with labor, recovery in the hospital and recovery at home

Transcripts accompany each video.

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