Home About AAAS Programs Membership Publications News Career Resources

Programs

Education

Triple-A S: Advancing Science, Serving Society


Additional Resources

Additional national resources on pregnancy and childbirth are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

About Cesarean Childbirth
American College of Surgeons
Explains what a c-section is, why you might need it, how it’s performed and what to expect after the operation.

Am I at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
General overview of gestational diabetes.

Asthma and Pregnancy
American Academy of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology
Provides frequently asked questions about pregnant women who have asthma.

Breastfeeding Your Baby – Making the Decision Together
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Targets fathers-to-be who may be doubtful about the idea of their child breastfeeding.

Bonding With Your Baby
Nemours Foundation
Discusses the importance of bonding with your newborn baby.

Car Safety for You and Your Baby
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Guidelines for using seatbelts when you are pregnant and car seats after your baby is born.

A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth Through Preschool
National Institute for Literacy
Gives parents suggestions, games, and activities for preparing their young child for reading and writing later in life.

Circumcision
American Academy of Family Physicians
Guide to the pros and cons of circumcision as well as to caring for a newborn baby’s penis, regardless.

Colic: Learning How to Deal with Your Baby’s Crying
American Academy of Family Physicians
Teaches you about colic and its symptoms and gives you suggestions for helping your baby stop crying. Also offers suggestions for how you can cope when you’re feeling frustrated by your baby’s crying.

Down Sydrome: What You Need to Know When You’re Pregnant
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines Down Syndrome and discusses who is most at risk of giving birth to a baby with it, as well as how to find out if your baby might have it.

Drinking and Your Pregnancy
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIH Publication No. 96-4101
Answers questions about alcohol and drinking during pregnancy, discusses the problems associated with fetal alcohol syndrome and provides a list of resources.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding for African-American Women
Office on Women’s Health
Discusses the benefits of breastfeeding, answers frequently asked questions, and talks about why this is an important issue for the African-American community.

Endometriosis
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Gives a general overview of endometriosis, including information on its relation to infertility.

A Father’s Guide to Pregnancy
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Gives dads-to-be a general overview of the different stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and life after the baby is born.

Especially for Teens: Having a Baby
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Gives teens an overview of their choices at the outset of a pregnancy as well as brief highlights of do’s and don’t’s during pregnancy.

Facts About Down Syndrome
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Provides more technical information about Down Syndrome, including special information about newborns and young children who suffer from it.

Fathers Can Support Breastfeeding
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Explains why fathers should encourage breastfeeding and how they can support the process.

Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy
Weight-Control Information Network
Gives nutrition, weight, and physical activity tips for moms-to-be.

Fitness for Two
March of Dimes
Talks about who should exercise and what types of exercise are best during pregnancy.

Folic Acid
March of Dimes
Gives an overview for why you should take folic acid if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Food-Borne Risks in Pregnancy
March of Dimes
Discusses risks some foods may pose to women while they’re pregnant.

Gestational Diabetes: What It Means for Me and My Baby
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines gestational diabetes, provides an overview of nutrition and exercise suggestions, and discusses what happens after the baby is born.

Having Twins
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Discusses extra risks of multiple births and the additional prenatal care necessary for having twins.

Health Diary
Health Resources and Services Administration
Health diary and resource booklet for a pregnant woman to record all the pertinent information about herself during pregnancy and about the baby after it’s born.

HIV and Pregnancy
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines perinatal HIV, tells when you can find out if your baby is infected if you have HIV, and what you can do to reduce the risk of passing HIV on,

Giving Medication to Children
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Gives tips on how medicine is dispensed to children of different ages, as well as how to measure different types of medicines and questions to ask your doctor or pharmacist.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 0-4 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby is born until it’s three months old.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 4-6 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby between three and six months old.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 6-9 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby between six and nine months old.

The Magic of Everyday Moments: 9-12 Months
Zero to Three
Tips for what to expect from when your baby between nine months and a year old.

Maternal Blood Screening
March of Dimes
Talks about what blood tests screen for, when it’s done and what you should do if you get back an abnormal result.

Special Tests for Monitoring Fetal Health
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Talks about five common prenatal tests done to monitor the health of the fetus and who should get additional tests done. Includes a glossary.

Multiples: Twins, Triplets and Beyond
March of Dimes
Discusses why multiple births are more likely today, the extra risks of multiple births and the additional prenatal care necessary for having more than one baby at a time.

My Pyramid for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
USDA
Eating advice to help pregnant women and their babies stay healthy.

Need Help Putting Out That Cigarette?
Smoke Free Families
A guide for helping pregnant women stop smoking and stay smoke-free after they give birth.

Postpartum Depression.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers commonly asked questions about postpartum depression and the “baby blues.” Provides a list of resources.

Pregnancy and Exercise: What You Can Do for a Healthy Pregnancy
American Academy of Family Physicians
Includes tips on physical fitness during pregnancy as well as warning signs for problems associated with exercising and pregnancy.

Pregnancy Choices: Raising the Baby, Adoption, and Abortion
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Discusses the various options available to a woman when she finds out she is pregnant.

Pregnancy: Taking Care of You and Your Baby
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about prenatal care, such as what you should eat, whether it’s okay to have sex, and what you can do to feel better if you suffer from some of pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

Pregnancy: What to Expect When Your Due Date Has Passed
American Academy of Family Physicians
Tells you what to expect if you are one or more weeks overdue.

Preparing for Prenatal Care/Preparandose para la atencion prenatal
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Bilingual: English and Spanish. Gives tips for prenatal care. Aimed at pregnant women and their doctors.

Protect Your Child from Poisons in Your Home
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tells you how to poison-proof your home as well as the symptoms of poisoning and what to do if you suspect your child has been exposed to poisons.

Safe Sleep for You and Your Baby
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Explains how to reduce the risk of SIDS by putting babies to sleep on their backs.

Simple Ways to Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Keep a Baby Healthy
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Gives several tips for reducing a baby’s risk of SIDS. Aimed at Native Americans and Native Alaskans.

WIC Nutrition Program Fact Sheet
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Answers general questions about WIC, such as who is eligible and where it is available.

Recursos En Español

Atención médica durante el embarazo
Nemours Foundation
Information and advice about prenatal medical.

Cólicos: Aprendiendo a vivir con los llantos de su bebé
American Academy of Family Physicians
Teaches you about colic and its symptoms and gives you suggestions for helping your baby stop crying. Also offers suggestions for how you can cope when you’re feeling frustrated by your baby’s crying.

Cómo prepararse para un parto multiple
Nemours Foundation
Information about how to prepare for multiple births

Cuidado de la salud durante el embarazo
Nemours
Discusses prenatal care, the importance of nutrition, and other topics. Also available as audio.

El ácido fólico y el embarazo
Nemours Foundation
Stresses the importance of folic acid during pregnancy.

Mitos y leyendas sobre el embarazo
Nemours Foundations
Presents and debunks common myths about pregnancy.

Preguntas frecuentes acerca de la lactancia materna
Nemours Foundation
Here are some answers to common inquiries that mothers — new and veteran — may have about breastfeeding.

WIC Preguntas frecuentes
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Answers frequently asked questions about WIC, such as who is eligible and what benefits the program offers to those who are.

El vínculo con el bebé
Nemours Foundation
Discusses the importance of bonding with your newborn baby.