Help for pregnant women and new parents

Healthy Start Brooklyn | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Family Services Caregiver

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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, infant safety and CPR as well as doula support, a father’s group, and a parenting group.

  • Healthy Start can connect pregnant people with doulas to support them during childbirth, as well as support programs for early parenting
  • Healthy Start also has a Fatherhood Group for new and expectant dads

Who is eligible

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, 11208, 11216, 11221

How to apply


How to get help

For more information and to join Healthy Start programs:

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Updated June 23, 2021