Expecting Moms Timeline

Click on the timeline below to access resources and learn more about pregnancy and birth.

Newly Pregnant

Understanding Your Options
Do you know all of your childbirth options so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your family? Read more
Educate Yourself
Have you signed up for a childbirth education class, read any pregnancy and birthing books, watched documentaries yet? Get a sense of what birth options are available to you. Read more
5 Steps to a Healthy Birth

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the birth information? Start with these 5 steps to guide you through the process of making your decisions.

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Planning Your Birth

Your Birth Team

Have you decided on your birth team? Use our provider network to find the best possible match for you.

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Your Birth Environment

Where will you feel best supported and safest birthing? Start here to explore to your personal philosophy and vision for your birth.

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery

Have you researched different labor coping strategies and pain management techniques? Use our provider directory to explore a birth doula, learn about epidurals and learn what feels right for you.

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Postpartum Health

Caring for your newborn

What are the ways you want to bond and care for your baby immediately after birth? Learn more from our professionals.

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Breastfeeding and Beyond

Do you want to make sure you have support for breastfeeding? Read our stories and find providers that can help with any of your questions or challenges.

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Caring for Yourself

Have you remembered to plan good care techniques for yourself? Learn more on how new moms find ways to connect with other new moms and birth professionals to get the support they need in the early weeks.

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Congratulations! You birthed your baby, your family is larger, and your adventure together is off to a brilliant start. With every breath, you and your baby are learning, connecting, and growing with one another.

The first hour after birth is one of the most important times for bonding. During this time, you and your baby will recover from the challenges of labor, begin bonding, and establish breastfeeding. If your child is born healthy, we recommend that all other practices be postponed during this hour, including weighing, swaddling, and vitamin supplementation

As you prepare for the postpartum period, consider what kinds of support you’ll need immediately after birth. Enlist friends and family to help you cook, prepare the home, and purchase breast pumps and other tools. You may want to hire a specialized postpartum doula and/or lactation consultant to help support you.

Find postpartum counselors, breastfeeding specialists, and parenting support professionals in the CiC Provider Network, or sign up for a CiC breastfeeding workshop today.