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Preparing for Baby: Resources for Expecting Parents

Becoming a new mom is a wonderful gift, but it can also be overwhelming. Sometimes pregnant women and new moms just need help. Fortunately, OhioHealth offers many resources for before and after the big day.  How will you and your partner learn to change diapers and burp a newborn? We can help. Does breastfeeding have you stumped? We’ve got you covered.

Here’s a list of resources we think will be most helpful as you, family and friends get ready for your baby’s arrival:

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Classes to Help You Prepare

The nursery’s ready, you’ve stocked up on diapers and wipes, your overnight bag is packed and ready to go and your due date is quickly approaching, but you still feel uneasy. One reason could be you’re not sure what to expect when the contractions start and you head for the hospital. Our pregnancy and childbirth classes can help ease your mind before you walk into the labor and delivery unit.

What will you do when you bring baby home? Being a first-time parent comes with a huge learning curve. While we’re sure you and your partner will be naturals as soon as you hold your child for the first time, we do offer a class on baby care basics that can help you both prepare.

If you choose to breastfeed, you’re probably learning it takes patience and perseverance and some support doesn’t hurt! Columbus Public Health has a great list of breastfeeding resources in the Columbus area. Prefer a more hands-on approach? We offer a variety of breastfeeding classes to meet your needs. We also have lactation services at Dublin Methodist Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital. It may seem worrisome to navigate how to store or properly manage your breastmilk supply. With a few tips and some mild preparation, it is no more complicated than formula feeding your baby.Breastfeeding support is available before delivery, during your hospital stay and after you go home – and your baby doesn’t have to be born at OhioHealth for you to take advantage of our services!

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Apps to Download

Another resource that can help you from the beginning of your pregnancy through your baby’s first year and beyond is What to Expect. What to Expect has a website, and an iOS and Android app. Their app sends helpful pregnancy/parenting tips and reminders to your phone, allows you to join parenting communities based on your interests and track your baby’s progress – from the size of a vanilla bean seed to the size of a watermelon, you’ll know exactly what’s going on with your baby and your body.

There are plenty of apps for moms-to-be. Check out our other recommendations for the best pregnancy apps.

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Places of Support

As you start your journey into motherhood, some things will come more easily than others. If you need some mom-to-mom support, consider bringing your baby to a parenting support group. It’s a great place to meet other parents, discuss openly without fear of judgment and ask questions.

If you’re not quite up for getting out of the house, check out the world of bloggers in central Ohio. You’re sure to relate to the stories of parenthood and a laugh or two is inevitable! Here are some of our favorites:

We know there’s a lot that goes into preparing for a baby – learn more tips here!