Free childbirth support in Central Brooklyn

By My Side Birth Support Program | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Family Services Caregiver

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them over the phone. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly using the information below. To learn more about support for COVID-19 impacts, visit our Coronavirus Updates page

By My Side Birth Support Program offers free doula care to expecting families before, during, and after their baby is born. Doulas are trained birth assistants, who provide non-medical emotional, informational, and physical support when you give birth.


You may be eligible if you:

  • Live in following Brooklyn zip codes: 11207, 11212, 11233
  • Are eligible for Medicaid


To enroll in By My Side, call the office at 718-637-5231.


To get more information and receive services:

Other Family Services Programs

Home visits for pregnant women and girls

NYC Nurse-Family Partnership (NYC NFP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Nurses provide support and give medical care and advice to women who are pregnant for the first time.

Home visits for new moms

Newborn Home Visiting Program (NHVP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

New moms can get home visits from health professionals to help with breastfeeding, health and safety tips, and connections to community resources.

Sleeping safe & cribs for babies

Safe Sleep Initiative

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene/NYC Administration for Children's Services

Families can get information on creating a safe sleep environment for their baby and may qualify for a free crib.

Updated March 31, 2020