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• Go to classes to help prepare you for labor and delivery, breastfeeding
and baby care. Take you partner or other support person with you.
Planning Ahead
• Check if you have insurance for pregnancy and baby benefits. Ask for an
interpreter and financial help if needed.
• List phone numbers of people to call when labor begins. Arrange for a
ride to the hospital.
• Get a baby car seat and install it in your car.
• Pack your suitcase. Put in clothes and other items to use at the hospital
and that you and your baby will wear home.
• Plan for things you will need the first 6 weeks, such as baby items,
diapers, clothes and easy to prepare foods for meals.
• Plan for someone to help you at home after the birth.
• Make arrangements for child care if needed.

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