Free childbirth support for parents in Brooklyn

Healthy Start Brooklyn | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

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Pregnant parents who are expecting or recently had a baby can get free Doula care and take classes that teach you how to care for you and your baby.

  • Doulas are trained birth assistants who give non-medical emotional, informational, and physical support before, during and after birth.
  • Doula support leads to shorter labor, more positive birthing experiences, and healthier babies.
  • Classes include: childbirth education, newborn care, infant safety, CPR and more.
  • New and expectant dads can join the Fathers’ group for help maintaining healthy relationships and improving their parenting skills.

Who is eligible

Healthy Start Brooklyn

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

Related Programs

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 these zip codes: 11207, 11212, 11233, 11208, 11216, 11221

How to apply

How to get help

  • Visit the Healthy Start Brooklyn website to learn more about classes, doulas, and other services.
  • Call Healthy Start Brooklyn at 718-637-5231 for questions.
  • Email your questions to [email protected].
  • Call 311 and ask for “Healthy Start Brooklyn,” “By My Side Birth Support Program,” or “free doula services.”

Other programs throughout the city also offer free doulas to support during and after childbirth.

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