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“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.” - Garrison Keillor

Resources for Parents and Consumers

Are you a parent or are you thinking about becoming a parent? WAPC has materials that were written just for women and their families who are thinking about becoming pregnant, are pregnant, or have children.

Baby Steps / Pasitos de Bebé (English & Spanish)
Baby Steps, a comprehensive infant care book compiled in a user-friendly three-ring binder, was developed by the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) for parents and professionals. Pasitos de Bebé, the Spanish version, is also available. Baby Steps evolved because of parents and their expressed need for such a resource. Its purpose is to help parents of babies who have spent time in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) become more competent in knowing, talking about, responding to and getting effective care for their infants.

Healthy Birth Toolkit – Becoming a Parent™

  • Becoming a Parent™ Booklet The purpose of this booklet is to provide individuals and couples with helpful and practical information to use when making the decision whether to have a child. While the information is particularly useful for those considering a first pregnancy, it is also intended for those who already have one or more children. Each booklet contains one preconception checklist which is designed for people considering pregnancy to complete prior to their preconceptional consultation. The woman and health care provider can then review the checklist.
  • Becoming a Parent™ Preconception Checklist  The preconception checklist is designed for people considering pregnancy to complete prior to their preconceptional consultation. The woman and health care provider can then review the checklist. The Preconceptional Checklist can be purchased separately.
  • Becoming a Parent™ Leaflet (English) This leaflet is directed toward consumers and is intended to stimulate their interest in preconceptional care. It is written at a middle school reading level. Revised in April 2013. 1 sheet (2 fold).
  • Becoming a Parent™ Leaflet / La Alegría de ser Padres (Spanish)  This leaflet is directed toward consumers and is intended to stimulate their interest in preconceptional care. It is written at a middle school reading level. Revised April 2013. 1 sheet (2 fold).
  • Becoming a Parent™ Video/DVD
    This 20-minute video is intended to encourage people of childbearing age to think about two things: the decision to become a parent and healthy lifestyles. It includes real-life testimonials from women and men of childbearing age. A discussion guide accompanying the video/DVD can be downloaded here.
     
  • Early Pregnancy Information: Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy (English & Spanish) This brochure was developed for women who have not had preconceptional care or who experience a delay in getting into prenatal care.
     
  • Planning for Pregnancy Information Sheets
    • Preconception Health for Men (English version) (Spanish version)This patient information sheet is intended for men who are planning to become a father.
    • Interconception Health for Women (English version)(Spanish version) This patient information sheet is intended for women who have recently given birth. NICU staff are encouraged to distribute this to parents to support improved birth outcomes for the next pregnancy.
    • Women with Asthma (English version) (Spanish version)This patient information sheet is intended for women with asthma to help them plan for pregnancy.
    • Women with Depression (English version) (Spanish version) This patient information sheet is intended for women with depression to help them plan for pregnancy.
    • Women with Diabetes (English version) (Spanish version) This patient information sheet is intended for women with diabetes to help them plan for pregnancy.
    • Women with Epilepsy (English version) (Spanish version) This patient information sheet is intended for women with epilepsy to help them plan for pregnancy.
    • Women with Obesity (English version) (Spanish version) This patient information sheet is intended for women with obesity to help them plan for pregnancy.
    • The Safety of Diagnostic Imaging During Pregnancy (Printable PDF) This provider information sheet contains guidance related to the use of diagnostic imaging during pregnancy. The issues of birth defects, cancer, and germline mutations are addressed.
    • X-ray Tests and Pregnancy (English version) (Spanish version) This patient information sheet is intended to allay fears about the affect of x - ray tests on pregnancy and the affect of pregnancy on x-rays tests.

Newborn Withdrawal Educational Toolkit
This compendium of educational materials includes information for parents of newborns experiencing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and pregnant women undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) or other treatments for opioid addiction.

  • Your Pregnancy and Prescribed Treatments for Opioid Dependence (Printable PDF)
  • Guide for Parents (Printable PDF)
    Provides helpful tips to parents of infants withdrawing from methadone or other drugs.
  • Important Resources (Printable PDF)
    Page 1 provides list of resources for patients, page 2 includes resources for providers.

Vaginal Birth, Cesarean, and VBAC information
Things to think about for the birth of your baby
Things to Consider When Making the Decision to have a VBAC

Safe Sleep Bassinet Card (English & Spanish) (PDF to preview only) The Southeast Region of WAPC has come up with strategies to promote breastfeeding and also support safe sleep. The safe sleep bassinet card is intended to be used in all birth hospitals in Wisconsin to advise parents about safe sleep. The card was created in response to preventable deaths across the state, many of them related to bed sharing and unsafe sleep practices at home. The card is designed to fit in the card holder of bassinets. The English version of the card is printed on one side and the Spanish version is printed on the other side.

Simple Things You Can Do tear-off sheets (English & Spanish) (PDFs for preview only)
This handy sheet provides suggestions about “simple things” women can do to feel better if they are suffering with depression. The tips address sleep, nutrition, exercise, emotional and physical support, and referral resources. There are also practical tips for dads and others who support women.

Perinatal Weight Management Bundle

Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy - What's Right for You?
Designed with input from providers, women, and literacy experts, the tool helps women understand the amount of weight to gain in the context of their BMI and track weight gain during pregnancy.

Mommies in Motion
Wait six weeks after having a baby to exercise? Not anymore! New recommendations are that women who had uncomplicated births and were active during their pregnancy can resume exercising a few days after birth. This piece outlines the how-to's of physical activity for women who experienced both vaginal and Cesarean births.

Moving through Pregnancy
Exercise is healthy for most women experiencing a low-risk pregnancy and can help women stay within the Institute of Medicine (IOM) guidelines for healthy weight gain. This piece gives general guidelines for activities to try during each trimester.

Prescription for Healthy Weight for Women of Childbearing Age (PDF to preview)
Inspired by the Prescription for a Healthy Future, this tool integrates health messages related to nutrition and exercise that are important throughout a woman's life, including during the childbearing period. Each prescription contains a list of steps a woman can take to improve her overall health and reach or maintain a healthy weight. It is available in a pad format for easy use by providers. (50 sheets/pad)

“Think About Your Drink” Cards and Poster
With infinite beverage choices available, it is often easy to lose sight of what is most healthy for daily hydration. These pocket-sized cards encourage consumers to drink water when they are thirsty.

"Fast Food" Cards
Whether it is lack of finances, time, or healthy food options in one's neighborhood, many families find themselves eating fast food. These pocket-sized cards outline healthier options at a variety of common fast-food chains and convenience or corner stores.