It takes a village to raise a child, and it is an incredible act of self-care to ask for help. This chapter looks at ways to build a support system with family, friends and skilled birth workers who will be there for you each step of the way.Explore Chapter
The care you receive after birth is just as important as during your pregnancy. Meet doctors, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants and new parents who share what the postpartum period is really like and how to find the support and care you need.
While it is completely normal to feel stress or fear around pregnancy, labor, and parenthood, remember that hope and joy are important parts of your journey too. Take this time to ask the questions on your mind, create a birth plan, and prepare for the newest addition to your family — you got this!
These resources provide information on different types of maternity care providers and birth settings, including key questions to ask potential providers to help guide your decision-making.
Pregnancy isn’t easy, physically or emotionally. Take the time to identify and organize your sources of support to have a healthy pregnancy.
Print or share these words of encouragement so you can get a boost of confidence when you need it. The set includes blanks where you can write your own affirmations.
In the days and weeks after birth, you need time to rest and recover! Download and print this sign to welcome visitors and remind them how they can support you during this important time.
Inspired by Jasmine and LaShanda's conversation in Birth Explained: The Beauty of Biology, here's a worksheet to help you give your body the 'thank you' it deserves. After all it has gone through and done for you and your baby, give it a little love!
Even if you're not the one who is pregnant, expecting a baby and supporting your pregnant partner is hard. Asking for help is an amazing way to care for yourself and your family. Start by identifying and organizing your sources of support.
These websites provide information on accessible tools for mindfulness and emotional wellbeing, as well as free resources to address life stressors during and after pregnancy.
These websites provide background information and a list of resources to address a range of postpartum issues, including infant feeding, postpartum depression, and postpartum complications.