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Pregnancy Resources

This page details some information sources about your pregnancy, carrying a child with a known birth defect, breastfeeding, postpartum depression and more. 



American Pregnancy
Information on fetal development, prenatal testing, multiple births, labor, birth defects and more.

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Includes information for professionals and families. Review sample birth plans and find helpful infant care and parenting tips.

Free online childbirth classes at

Comprehensive discussion of labor and birth and instruction in control of labor contractions from a certified childbirth education and RN — an excellent resource for mothers on bed rest who cannot attend childbirth classes in the community.

March of Dimes
International nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Its Pregnancy and Newborn Health Center offers a wealth of information and features for expectant and new parents.

Medline’s pregnancy website
A collection of websites for late-breaking news, health advice, pregnancy anatomy and physiology, prenatal nutrition and much more.

Support for women on bed rest during pregnancy. Helpful articles on coping, passing time, family issues and more.




Breastfeeding Your Baby — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Breastfeeding and Lactation Program website offers information on getting started, recognizing effective suckling, troubleshooting difficulties and collecting and storing breast milk.

LaLeche League
A comprehensive site with breastfeeding information for moms and professionals. Includes FAQs, support groups, conferences and more. Information is available in foreign languages also.


Postpartum depression


Depression After Delivery
Information to help parents differentiate “baby blues” from postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Also includes information on treatment, support groups and choosing a psychotherapist.


Palliative care


Perinatal Hospice
Online resource for expectant families who plan to continue their pregnancy with a baby with a terminal diagnosis.

Now I lay me Down to Sleep
A foundation of international volunteer photographers who support parents facing the loss of a baby by offering compassionate photography services in the hospital or hospice setting. A keepsake CD or DVD of photos is provided to these families at no charge.

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