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Comfort and educate expectant mothers with Community Health Workers and the Maternal and Infant Health Resource

Click here to view the Maternal and Infant Health Resource (English)

Click here to view the Maternal and Infant Health Resource (Spanish)

Guiding expectant mothers, especially those that are first time mothers, can help to reduce medical and emotional complications and increase healthy outcomes for mother and child.  As Promotores(as), we are aware that there are challenges experienced by some of our community members. These challenges can be due to issues of employment, living conditions, legal status and environment.

Any of these stress factors can affect healthy outcomes. But, while pregnancy and birth are impacted by factors outside of medical issues, in this 58-page manual, we will focus on:

  • Practical advice for a healthy pregnancy
  • Changes during pregnancy
  • Prenatal clinical visits
  • Preparing a healthy home for the newborn
  • Birth and delivery
  • Postpartum challenges and the importance of medical follow-­‐up, including family planning
  • Newborn and well-­‐baby health check-­‐ups

The following is a breakdown of the information provided in each chapter:

Chapter 1: Healthy Choices For Healthy Babies

  • Seven Steps for a Healthy Pregnancy
  • Understanding Weight Gain During Pregnancy
  • Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy

Chapter 2: Changes During Pregnancy

  • Female Anatomy and Pregnancy
  • Fetal Growth and Development
  • What to Expect During Pregnancy
  • Danger Signs During Pregnancy
  • Medical Conditions that are Dangerous in Pregnancy

Chapter 3: Prenatal Clinical Visits

  • When Should Prenatal Care With a Doctor or Midwife Begin?
  • Benefits of Prenatal Care
  • Testing

Chapter 4: Preparing for Baby

  • Preparing the House for Baby’s Arrival
  • The Advantages of Breastfeeding

Chapter 5: Labor and Birth

  • Signs that Labor is Near
  • Signs that Labor Will Begin
  • The Three Stages of Labor and Birth
  • Comfort Measures for Labor and Birth
  • Names of Medications or Interventions During Pregnancy

Chapter 6: Mother and Newborn at Home

  • The Mother’s Recovery and Well-­‐being
  • Changes During the Postpartum Period
  • Common Changes During the Postpartum Period
  • The Newborn

Click here to view the Maternal and Infant Health Resource (English)

Click here to view the Maternal and Infant Health Resource (Spanish)