For partners

For partners

To do list

  • 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. For Abbott Northwestern, United and Mercy Hospitals and St. Francis Medical Center, visit Amma Parenting CenterBlooma or Everyday Miracles. For all other Allina Health hospitals, go to our Find Classes page.
  • 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 at the hospital.
  • Find ways to help with household and baby care.
  • Spend time each day holding and playing with your baby.

Forms and worksheets

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

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Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, eighth edition, ob-ah-90026
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/06/2021