Resources for Friends and Family

Below are a number of resources friends and family may find useful when talking to parents-to-be and giving advice. They may also be helpful for babysitters, caregivers, and others who interact with the new family.


WIC Breastfeeding Support
During a woman’s pregnancy, the WIC program teaches her how to breastfeed. Once she’s had her baby, WIC provides peer counseling and support as well as breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies. Breastfeeding moms on WIC also receive more food and for a longer time period.


State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers
Grandparents and other relative caregivers often lack information about the range of support services, benefits, and policies they can access to fulfill their care giving role. State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children provide helpful state-specific data and information for each of the states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Before, Between & Beyond Pregnancy Website
The Before, Between & Beyond Pregnancy Website offers guidance and resources for patients and practitioners on integration of preconception care into practice.

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March of Dimes
The March of Dimes has valuable resources for mothers- and fathers-to-be. Videos, learning resources and online tools cover every aspect of your reproductive health. They also have supportive resources for parents of newborns being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse has lots of practical resources for fathers from parenting tools to information blogs on what it’s really like being a father:


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