If you plan on raising your child, don’t stress out, you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. There are many resources that will teach you the things you need to know. Our professional counselors are a great starting point to help you understand what you may face as a parent. Call us to set up an appointment today!
Remember, parenting decisions do not start when you bring your baby home from the hospital. They start now. We know that prenatal care and parenting can be overwhelming at first. There’s a lot of information available on the internet, but how do you know what’s right? Don’t go at it alone! We’re here to be your trusted friend though your pregnancy and parenting days ahead.
Parental Skills & Child Care
Whether you’re a first-time parent or you already have little ones at home, it can be difficult to know how to be a good parent. That’s why it’s important to seek help. Parenting is about loving, helping, sharing and supporting. If this is your first child, you might wonder if you’re even qualified to be a parent. You might feel overwhelmed by the thought of raising a child. But those feelings are common and don’t mean that you’re not the right person to raise your child. Ultimately, you are the one who decides what type of parent you’re going to be. We’ll be here to help you throughout your pregnancy and provide you with wonderful resources on parenting skills.
Visit with one of our professional counselor to discuss how you can be the best parent for your child and get the support that you need. Call us to set up a free appointment today!
Prenatal Care & Child Birth
Prenatal care is vital for you and for your baby. It’s important to see a doctor regularly to make sure you and the baby are healthy.
What you can do:
- Check with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicines
- Take a prenatal vitamin with 400 – 800 mcg of folic acid every day
- Avoid x-rays (make sure you tell your doctor or dentist that you are pregnant)
- Talk to your doctor about any medication that you are taking
- Make sure you drink plenty of fluids every day, especially water
- Eat as healthy as you can, making sure to get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and calcium
- Avoid cold lunch meats or undercooked meats or eggs
- Wash your hands often to avoid illness
- Avoid hot tubs and saunas
If you have questions about safety during pregnancy, check with your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, please call us today and we will help you find one.
When you talk to your doctor about childbirth, be sure that you understand all the options available to you. You can make decisions about natural birth or an epidural. You can decide who is able to be in the delivery room with you. There are many different decisions that are yours to make. Speak with your doctor and your Birthright counselor to ensure that you are informed on all the choices you have.American Pregnancy Association The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, support, advocacy, and community awareness. Nurses For New Borns (NFNB) NFNB provides services to babies who are born with medical problems, born to teen moms or to mothers with disabilities/mental health concerns, or who are born into families who do not have money for even basic necessities. Families can receive services for up to 2 years and are not charged. They serve eastern Missouri & mid-Tennessee. Show Me Healthy Babies *Please note, these links are provided for your reference only. Birthright has found these resources to be credible, but does not necessarily recommend or endorse the information they provide.