Resources for pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting

Free mobile app

Beginning app icon

Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond is available as a mobile app for the:

iPhone and iPad app in the Apple Store
Apple iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®

Google Play icon
Android smartphone and tablet

The free app includes the same content as the book, along with:

  • a personal profile with due date setting
  • baby development illustrations
  • a baby kick tracker tool
  • helpful to-do lists

Health information and help

Text4Baby

Receive text messages to help you before and after baby arrives. Text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411, or go to text4baby.org to sign up for this free service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

If your child is being abused

National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
childhelp.org

If you and your baby are not safe

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
thehotline.org

Crisis Connection, 24 hours a day
612-379-6363
1-866-379-6363
crisis.org

United Way First Call for Help
Referral to community agencies, classes, support groups, crisis assistance
211
211.org

Alcohol

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
952-922-0880 (Minneapolis)
651-227-5502 (St. Paul)
aa.org

Al-Anon Family Groups
952-920-3961 (Minneapolis)
651-771-2208 (St. Paul)
al-anon.alateen.org

Drugs

Narcotics Anonymous
Minnesota Region 1-877-767-7676
Wisconsin Region 1-800-240-0276
na.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline
1-800-662-4357
samhsa.gov

National Cancer Institute
1-800-4CANCER (422-6237)
cancer.gov

QuitPlan (Minnesota)
1-888-354-PLAN (7526)
1-877-266-3863 (Spanish)
quitplan.com

Wisconsin Tobacco Helpline
1-877-270-STOP (7867)
1-877-266-3863 (Spanish)

Pregnancy, parenting and infant care

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Allina Health pregnancy care can help you give your child the best possible beginning.

Classes

For The Mother Baby Centers of Allina Health and Children's Minnesota (all locations) and St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Allina Health partners with Amma Parenting Center for classes (starting Sept. 1, 2018). Visit Amma Parenting Center's website for classes descriptions, dates/times, locations, fees and registration.

For all other Allina Health birth centers, visit Find Classes/Events.

Referrals

Allina Health Physician Referral can help you find a health care provider for you or your baby. Call 612-262-3333 or 1-800-877-7878.

Home care

Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn provides home visits during pregnancy and home visits for moms and babies after leaving the hospital. Call 612-863-4478 or 1-800-788-8093.
Park Nicollet OB Home Care (St. Francis Regional Medical Center) 952-993-6069

Home care services can include:

Antepartum (during pregnancy): home visits for 17P injections, hyperemesis (nausea and vomiting), preterm labor and fetal monitoring (non-stress test) services.

Postpartum (after pregnancy): home visits for moms and babies after leaving the hospital, breastfeeding support, baby weights, baby lab work for jaundice, Cesarean birth incision site care for moms.

MAP (Minnesota AIDS Project) AIDS Line
612-373-2437 or
1-800-248-2437
mnaidsproject.org

General child care information

Child Care Aware
1-800-424-2246
childcareaware.org

Car seat information

Minnesota Safety Council
651-291-9150
1-800-444-9150
Car seat safety information

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1-888-327-4236
nhtsa.gov

Minnesota Department of Transportation
1-800-657-3774
carseatsmadesimple.org

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
1-866-511-9467
dot.wisconsin.gov (Click on Safety. Choose Child safety seats under Vehicles and equipment.)

Lead safety

National Lead Information Center
(for houses built before 1978)
1-800-424-LEAD (5323)
epa.gov/lead

Poison safety

Poison Center
1-800-222-1222
This number can be used nationwide, and the call will be directed to the poison center in the area where the call is being made.
poison.org

Product safety

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
(product recall information)
1-800-638-CPSC (2772)
cpsc.gov,

DONA (Doulas of North America)
1-888-788-3662
dona.org

March of Dimes
1-914-997-4488
marchofdimes.com

March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter
952-835-3033
marchofdimes.com/minnesota

Metro Alliance for Healthy Families
Family home visiting program.
651-554-6186

Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association
In-home family services; care for at-risk, low-income families.
612-617-4600

National Dietitian Help Line
1-800-366-1655
eatright.org

WIC Programs
Supplemental food and nutrition education for financially eligible women and children
651-201-4404 or 1-800-657-3942
fns.usda.gov/wic

Early Childhood Family Education
Public school system classes for families (citywide and statewide)
651-582-8402
commed.spps.org/Page/22456

Family Resource Centers at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
612-813-6816 (Minneapolis)
651-220-6368 (St. Paul)
childrensmn.org

University of Minnesota Extension: Parenting Education Resources
612-624-1786
extension.umn.edu/family,

Breastfeeding resources and lactation counselors

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Baby Cafés are free, drop-in centers for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to consult with an international board-certified lactation consultant.

Baby Café Buffalo
763-684-7630

Baby Café Coon Rapids
763-236-7430

Baby Café St. Paul
651-241-5088

Baby Café River Falls
715-307-6319

For breast pumps and accessories, contact your hospital's breastfeeding resource center or call Allina Health Health Oxygen & Medical Equipment at 651-628-4800 or 1-800-737-4473.

Newborn screening

Minnesota Department of Health 
1-800-664-7772 
health.state.mn.us (Click Topics. Select Life Stages & Populations. Choose Newborn Screening.)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
1-608-267-9662     
dhs.wisconsin.gov (Click Topics A to Z. Select N. Choose Newborn Screening Program.)

Special needs and support

Family Voices
1-866-334-8444
familyvoices.org

Help Me Grow
For concerns about your child's development or special needs.
1-860-837-6267 or 1-860-837-6232
helpmegrowmn.org

American Pregnancy Association's information on multiples pregnancies
1-800-672-2296
American Pregnancy

Multiples of America
248-231-4480
Multiples of America

Allina Health Postpartum Depression Support 
Minneapolis or West St. Paul 612-863-4770

Postpartum Support International 
1-800-944-4PPD (1-800-944-4773)            
postpartum.net

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota Helpline
612-787-PPSM (612-787-7776) 
ppsupportmn.org

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255

Parent-to-Parent
651-220-6371
612-813-6059

More websites

In addition to all the great information on Allina Health's website, here are some other helpful websites:

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015

Tips to help you choose a pregnancy care provider