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Pregnancy Testing programs provide tests in an office or home-testing kits for find out if a woman is pregnant.

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Prenatal Care programs provide medical care to help expectant mothers and their babies stay healthy.  Services generally include identifying risk factors based on age, health and/or personal and family history that may affect the pregnancy; diet and lifestyle advice; routine checkups to look for signs of problems associated with pregnancy (such as edema, preeclampsia, or gestational diabetes) and to assure that the pregnancy is progressing well; ultrasound and other forms of prenatal testing to monitor fetal development and check for possible birth defects; and general information about being pregnant, e.g., what is normal and what is cause for concern, remedies for morning sickness or sleeplessness, managing weight gain and other common issues.

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Safe Havens for Abandoned Newborns Hospitals, health centers, police stations, fire houses and other facilities that are willing to accept, without questions, newborn babies delivered by mothers who are unwilling or unable to care for an infant and are thereby at risk for abandonment. Police reports are generally not filed and no attempt is made to contact the mother's family, even in situations where her identity is known. Infant safe haven statutes vary by jurisdiction with regard to who may leave a baby at a safe haven, the age of the baby at the time of relinquishment, the facilities that can be designated as safe havens, the responsibilities of safe haven providers, anonymity protection for parents and the consequences of relinquishment.

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Maternity Clothing programs pay for or provide clothing that women can wear during pregnancy.

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Diapers Programs that pay for or provide cloth or disposable diapers.

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Baby Clothing Programs pay for or provide new or secondhand clothing and layettes for infants and young children.

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Baby Furniture Programs that pay for or provide new or secondhand cribs, bassinets, strollers and other furniture that has been designed for infants/babies.

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Childbirth Education programs offer classes to prepare prospective mothers and their birth partners  for the labor and birth process. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology of birth, relaxation and breathing techniques, different types of labors, birthing/delivery options and postpartum care. Also included are programs that prepare other members of the family (grandparents and siblings) for the arrival of a new family member.

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Doula Services "Doula" is a Greek word for "women helping women".  These programs offer the services of doulas - women experienced in childbirth who are specially trained to provide physical, emotional and information support for pregnant women before, during and just after labor and giving birth. The doula helps develop a birth plan; provides an objective view of the progress of labor; helps the woman make adjustments if unexpected demands or complications arise; guides her in breathing techniques, positioning, massage and use of the bath, shower, birth ball, hot and cold packs and other comfort measures; communicates with her birth partner; and makes one or more postpartum visits to the family's home following birth to offer guidance and support during the early weeks of parenting.

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Infertility Services programs diagnose and treat people who have been unable to have children. A wide variety of procedures are available including the use of hormones or medication (fertility drugs) to stimulate egg/sperm production, assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization which involve retrieval of eggs and enhancement of eggs and/or sperm outside the body, embryo transfer (following in vitro fertilization or embryo donation), microsurgical procedures to improve the likelihood of embryo implantation in the uterus and embryo development, artificial insemination using the male partner's sperm or donor sperm, embryo donation, embryo/sperm cryopreservation and embryo adoption.

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