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Messages Friends and Family Can Share with Parents-to-be


At least 39 weeks is best for baby

    39-weeksBabies need time to grow

9 months X 4 weeks per month = 36 weeks of pregnancy, right?


    In a healthy pregnancy, babies need at least 39 weeks to develop fully. When babies are delivered by induction or c-section before 39 weeks they can sometimes experience complications that may keep them in the hospital longer.

    If a mother is having a healthy pregnancy with no complications, the family should support her through those last tough weeks of pregnancy and encourage her to go into labor naturally for her health and the health of her baby.

The importance of fathers

    importance-of-fathersFathers are very important before, during and after pregnancy. Family and friends of the mother and father can encourage participation of the father in the pregnancy and the baby’s life. Women whose partners are involved with a pregnancy have better success at quitting smoking during pregnancy, are more likely to breastfeed, are more likely to seek prenatal care and less likely to have their babies die in their first year of life. For more information about dads, visit www.fatherhood.gov.

Safe Sleep

safe-sleepBabies sleep safest when caregivers remember the ABCs of safe sleep:

    Alone – Babies should not share a bed with siblings or mom and dad because of the risk of suffocation.

    Back to sleep – Babies sleep safest on their backs. Babies that sleep on their tummies or sides are at increased risk of breathing difficulty that can lead to death because their bodies are still developing and growing.

    Crib – The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib with a firm mattress. Babies should sleep without pillows, blankets or baby bumpers.

Welcome the baby into a safe home


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Last updated April 22, 2013