The Beginning Family

This course is designed as a learning resource to improve your knowledge, skills, attitudes, and capabilities so you can deliver accurate health information to expectant mothers and community members. It will enhance your ability to help expectant mothers understand the importance of prenatal care, the stages of pregnancy, and the signs of labor and delivery and will enable you to guide new mothers through a healthy pregnancy and safe homecoming.

This course was developed by the University at Albany's Center for Public Health Continuing Education and Professional Development Program (PDP) with the Division of Family Health at the New York State Department of Health.

Learning Outcome

As a result of this activity the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence on the information needed to help expectant mothers better understand their pregnancy.


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Define a "healthy pregnancy."
  • Describe characteristics of the three stages of pregnancy.
  • Identify different stages of fetal (child) development.
  • Explain the importance of prenatal care visits.
  • Provide an overview of common tests performed throughout a pregnancy.
  • Identify signs of labor and delivery.
  • Explain the role of the father in pregnancy and birth.
  • Access local and Internet health resources.

Continuing Education Credits

1.0 hours of Generic Continuing Education Credits.

  • Training launched: October 1, 2011
  • Estimated time: 1.5–2 hours
  • Training is free and open to the public

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.