Help for pregnant women and new parents

Healthy Start Brooklyn | 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

Pregnant people or parents who recently had a baby can get help through Healthy Start Brooklyn. The program offers classes in childbirth education, newborn care, and infant safety and CPR. Healthy Start can connect pregnant people with doulas to support them during childbirth, as well as support programs for early parenting.


Any expectant parents who live in Brooklyn can take part in classes with Healthy Start Brooklyn.

Healthy Start also offers home visitation and case management through its doula program, the By My Side Birth Support Program, and its parenting support program, Excellence Baby Academy. To enroll in these programs, you must:

  • Be eligible for Medicaid
  • Live in one of the following zip codes: 11207, 11212, 11233



For more information and to join Healthy Start programs:

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