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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For both mother and child, feeding time is nourishing and relaxing.

Given practice, most mothers can breastfeed. In addition to supporting your baby’s immune system and augmenting a beautiful bond, breastfeeding allows you to relax and plug into your baby’s rhythms.

Experts agree that breastfeeding augments the mother-baby connection and long-term health. But it’s not the only way to feed your little one. If you’re having trouble producing milk or getting your baby to nurse, speak with a lactation specialist.

She can help you resolve issues and settle into feeding—whether that’s breastfeeding naturally, using a breast pump, or supplementing (or substituting) with donor milk or formula. With help, you’ll create a feeding plan that’s healthy, manageable, and a pleasure for you both.

If you are struggling to find a comfortable breastfeeding rhythm, seek immediate support. Find lactation specialists in your area, talk to other moms who have successfully breastfed, and browse the CiC Provider Network today.

Some of our favorite resources include:

Infant Diet
Le Leche League International
Kelly Mom
Guide to Breastfeeding Resources in New York City
Low Milk Supply
Work and Pump
A Better Balance – Advancing the Rights of Working Families
Ask Lenore
Why Breastfeeding Is Important
Cost Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding: Good for Babies, Mothers, and the Planet
Normalize Breastfeeding
Breast Crawl
TED: Breastfeeding is Everyone’s Business
TEDMED: How Mothers Can Nurse Themselves Healthy
Eats on Feets – community breastmilk sharing
Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast

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