Resources for pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting

Free mobile app

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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®

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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


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.

If your child is being abused

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

If you and your baby are not safe

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

Crisis Connection, 24 hours a day

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


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

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


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

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Helpline

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

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

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.


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.


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.

JustUs Health (a joining of the Minnesota AIDS Project and Rainbow Health Initiative)
AIDS Line: 612-373-2437, email, text AIDSLine to 839863

General child care information

Child Care Aware

Car seat information

Minnesota Safety Council
Car seat safety information

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
1-866-511-9467 (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)

Poison safety

Poison Center
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.

Product safety

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

DONA (Doulas of North America)

March of Dimes

March of Dimes Minnesota Chapter

Metro Alliance for Healthy Families
Family home visiting program.

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

National Dietitian Help Line

WIC Programs
Supplemental food and nutrition education for financially eligible women and children
651-201-4404 or 1-800-657-3942

Early Childhood Family Education
Public school system classes for families (citywide and statewide)

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

University of Minnesota Extension: Parenting Education Resources

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

Baby Café Coon Rapids

Baby Café Hastings

Baby Café Owatonna

Baby Café St. Paul

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

Newborn screening

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

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

Special needs and support

Family Voices

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

American Pregnancy Association's information on multiples pregnancies
American Pregnancy

Multiples of America
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)   

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota Helpline
612-787-PPSM (612-787-7776

National Suicide Prevention Hotline


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

Allina Health Pregnancy Care
Learn about pregnancy care and birthing centers available through Allina Health.
Tips to help you choose a pregnancy care provider