9 steps to preparing for parenthood

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Parents-to-be often have strong feelings about child care issues.

In many cases, those beliefs lead to disagreements, says Marjorie Greenfield, author of “The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book.”

“Sometimes they each assume the other parent feels exactly the same, and they may not,” says Greenfield, who is also an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

Expectant parents may differ over who should care for the child and how much each parent will work. It’s best to sort out these issues before the baby arrives, Greenfield says.

Following are nine things expectant parents can do to make pregnancy and the first years of parenthood less bumpy.