Resources for pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting

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 enhanced, free app features content from the book and the ability to:

  • read weekly information on the progress of you and baby
  • use an interactive to-do list
  • learn more through weekly tips
  • explore pregnancy-related topics

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 baby 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

Tobacco Intervention Program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Tobacco Intervention Program at Mercy Hospital

Tobacco Intervention Program at River Falls Area Hospital

*United Hospital Lung and Sleep Clinic Tobacco Cessation Program

*Penny GeorgeInstitute for Health and Healing (LiveWell Center) tobacco intervention coaching

Minnesota Department of Health

Quit Smoking Hotline
1-800-QUIT-NOW (7848-669)

online tobacco cessation support

American Lung Association/Tobacco Quit Line
651-227-8014 or 1-800-586-4872

financial aid for Chantix® or Nicotrol® inhaler

*There may be a cost to you. Check with your insurance provider.

Pregnancy, parenting and infant care

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


Allina Health partners with Amma Parenting Center, Blooma and Everyday Miracles to offer pregnancy, parenting and newborn care classes. 

For a full class listing (including online options), dates/times, locations, fees and registration, visit these partner websites: 


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 and after pregnancy. 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 you and your baby after leaving the hospital, breastfeeding support, baby weights, baby lab work for jaundice, Cesarean birth incision site care for you.

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

General child care information

Child Care Aware

Car seat 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 Cambridge Isanti

Baby Café Hastings

Baby Café Owatonna

Baby Café St. Paul

For breast pumps and accessories, contact your hospital's breastfeeding resource center or a medical supply company, such as AdaptHealth at 844-993-3740. Retail stores also sell breast pumps and supplies but are generally not able to bill insurance.


Newborn screening

Minnesota Department of Health 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services 

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