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First Trimester Handouts
Learn about the many important blood tests included in your first trimester panel.
You will asked to perform a “dipstick” test at each prenatal visit. Learn more about why we test your urine for protein and glucose.
Some vaccines are strongly recommended during pregnancy, while others are contraindicated. Learn more about vaccines during pregnancy.
Ultrasounds may be used to estimate your due date, assess your baby’s growth and development, or monitor for concerns. Learn more about when and why ultrasounds may be recommended.
Blood tests and ultrasounds can estimate the likelihood that your baby will be born with a genetic anomaly. Learn more about the genetic screening options available during your first and early second trimester.
Second Trimester Handouts
All clients are tested for gestational diabetes between 24 and 28 weeks gestation. Learn more about the Glucose Challenge Test (GCT) and Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT).
Learn about preparing for lactation during pregnancy, establishing an abundant milk supply during your first hours and days postpartum, and feeding your growing baby.
Third Trimester Handouts
All clients are tested for Group B streptococcus (GBS) between 35 and 37 weeks gestation. Learn more about how we identify and treat GBS bacteria.
Learn more about non-pharmacological comfort measures during labor.
You may wish to order a breast pump before your baby is born. Learn about obtaining a breast pump through your health insurance plan.
This is your list of supplies to bring to Brooklyn Birthing Center on the big day! We recommend preparing these items when you are 37 weeks pregnant.
Learn more about feeding your newborn during the first days and weeks of life. You may also want to review the comprehensive breastfeeding packet.
Learn about Shaken Baby Syndrome. This handout also includes information about how to soothe a crying baby, and how to cope if you feel stressed or frustrated during early parenthood.
During your postpartum home visit, a nurse will take a small sample of your baby’s blood to screen for inherited disorders. Learn more about the New York State Newborn Screening Program by reading the brochure linked above or by browsing this website. Click here if you do not want your baby’s blood sample to be used for research purposes.
During your postpartum home visit, a nurse will check your baby’s hearing. Learn more about the newborn hearing screening, and about signs of hearing loss in infants.
Are you due for a Pap smear? Or just an annual check-up? Learn more about the new guidelines regarding Pap smears.
Learn more about available birth control methods at Bedsider.org! Please also read this page and birth control and breastfeeding.
Please visit our Resources Directory page for recommended IBCLCs, pediatricians, therapists, peer support groups, resources for working parents, informational websites, apps, and much more!