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We have a new client in an unusual situation.<br><br>
This is her 3rd baby but she knows absolutely nothing about pregnancy and has never had any prenatal care with her previous births (she just went to the hospital when her water broke). She is due in March/April and this will be her first homebirth. If she is going to be able to stay with us as our client, she is going to need to make a lot of changes to her diet and lifestyle. (She smokes, eats A LOT of fast food, drinks a ton of soda and "doesn't like water".)<br><br>
I need to find some (very!)easy-to-read factual information about pregnancy that I can give to her. I need info about diet, exercise, stages of pregnancy, and information about labor and birth. I don't know that books would work because I don't think she reads very well. It would probably be better to give her the information in small doses. I think she would feel kind of overwhelmed if we gave her a book.<br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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I used to volunteer for a program that mentors teen and low income mothers-to-be. We would go over all kinds of information with them, and teach them about prenatal care, breastfeeding, the birth, etc. We gave them basic hand outs, etc. Is there a program like that in your area? Even if she wouldn't want to work with someone, maybe they could pass on some handouts/information to you.
 

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There's a great pamphlet called "As You Eat, So Your Baby Grows" that is nice:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2F0960613897%2Fqid%3D1063384636%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fref%3Dsr_8_1%2F102-1481859-7016940%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dbooks%26n%3D507846" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846</a><br><br><br>
Also, the Birth Companion pamphlets are nice for simple pictures and explanations of labor progress:<br><br><a href="https://www.childbirthgraphics.com/servlet/ProductList?sq=seqLabor%2Band%2BBirth%26teqHandouts-Booklets" target="_blank">https://www.childbirthgraphics.com/s...douts-Booklets</a><br><br><br>
Hope these help! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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