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  • 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.

    text for baby logo is pink with the shape of a pregnant bellyText4Baby

    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 text4baby.org to sign up for this free service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

    Videos

    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.

    More resources for pregnancy, birth and parenting