Preparing For Baby

Pregnant women, cradeling belly, looking off into the distance

When you are pregnant, it is important to talk with your health care provider about your pregnancy care and getting ready to bring your baby home. Baby-proofing your home, taking breastfeeding classes, getting the car seat and crib ready for baby are all things you need to start planning for.

To learn more about keeping your baby safe when they sleep watch this video on safe sleep. http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5453_7124_57836---,00.html

To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and get support visit:

To learn more about child car seat safety standards visit:

To create a birth plan and know ahead of time how you want to experience childbirth visit: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/your-birth-plan.aspx

Talk with your healthcare provider about the warning signs of early labor.
Preterm birth is birth that happens before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. This is too soon, and your baby could be born with serious health problems. To learn more click here: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/reduce-your-risk-of-preterm-labor-and-birth.aspx

To learn more about enrolling in the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP), a home visiting program that can provide case management and support during pregnancy for Medicaid eligible mothers and infants visit: http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_4672-106183--,00.html

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