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Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting

It’s intuitive that preparation for anything is generally beneficial, and this is certainly true for parenting. Since all parents are learning on the job, multiple opportunities and stages arise to help parents prepare for smooth transitions into or through new or emerging situations.

As presented here, integrated prenatal care provided significant benefits for highly stressed mothers in particular. Childbirth education was shown to promote partner involvement, and high quality partner support is shown to be beneficial for mother and infant well-being. Parenting education demonstrated a wide benefit no matter which of the available formats was provided. Parents experiencing behavioral challenges with their children received a greater benefit from in-person classes over more passive learning experiences.