Home visits for new moms

Newborn Home Visiting Program (NHVP) | NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Family Services Baby 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

New mothers can get free help from the Newborn Home Visiting Program. Health workers will visit your home and can help you with breastfeeding, health information, and safety tips. The program will also connect you with community resources that can help your family.

  • Spanish-speaking nurses are also available
  • Mothers receive two-to-three hour-long home visits and a follow up phone call
  • All mothers who live in Department of Homeless Services shelters are eligible
  • Women can be eligible, regardless of immigration status

Am I eligible?

  • Any woman – regardless of immigration status – who delivers her baby in certain hospitals in the South Bronx, North & Central Brooklyn, and Harlem can participate.
  • Others may be eligible too. Call 311 to find out.

I'm ready to apply

  • If you gave birth in a hospital where the program operates, program staff will contact you about setting up a visit.
  • If you recently gave birth and didn’t hear from anyone in the program, call 311 to find out if you qualify.

How can I get help?

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.

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.

Help for survivors of gender-based violence

NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs)

NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

Services are available in all boroughs for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence.

Updated March 31, 2020