Congratulations! You’re going to have a baby! While you and your baby’s dad are waiting for the big day, learn about how to take care of yourself and the baby growing inside you during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Although no one can promise you an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby, here are some important things you can do to improve your chances.

In this section, you will learn how to:

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Pregnant and need information about how to have a healthy baby? Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby is a “talking book” for expectant mothers. Read it on your own, or the book will be read to you. Listen to information on a variety of topics including prenatal care, what to expect during labor and your maternity rights in North Carolina.

  • New – NIH Launches Moms’ Mental Health Matters
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched Moms’ Mental Health Matters, a new initiative to raise awareness among pregnant and postpartum mothers, their families, and health care providers about depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Free materials in English and Spanish are available including an action plan, posters and a conversation starter postcard. You can view additional information on their website.
  • Have you heard of Cord Blood Banking?
    When a child is born, blood remains in their umbilical cord, even after it’s been removed and discarded as medical waste – this is called “cord blood”. Over the past 20 years, researchers have started collecting cells from cord blood, which are being used in transplants.For additional information, please visit Cord Blood Guide where you can download a resource guide.