Healthy Start Brooklyn

Healthy Start Brooklyn provides a variety of support programs and classes for new parents who live in Brooklyn. You can get education and support about pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding and healthy living.

Programs

Doula Services

Doulas are trained birth assistants who provide non-medical support to you and your partner before, during and after your child’s birth. The doula can answer your questions, support you emotionally and physically, and help you have a safe and satisfying experience.

If you live in Central or Eastern Brooklyn, you may qualify for free doula services. If you do not live in these neighborhoods, you can still find out about free or low-cost doulas and other resources in your area by contacting Healthy Start Brooklyn.

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Eligibility:

  • ZIP codes: 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233
  • Income: Less than 185% of poverty level, or eligible for WIC

Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn

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Prenatal Care Through CenteringPregnancy

CenteringPregnancy offers prenatal care in a group, which gives you more time with your doctor or midwife, instead of in the waiting room. You can also connect with other pregnant women as you learn about labor, breastfeeding and healthy eating for two. Refreshments are served at every appointment.

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Eligibility: Open to all pregnant women

Contact: CenteringPregnancy program in your area

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Home Visiting and Support

Healthy Start Brooklyn works with partner organizations to provide personalized support for pregnant women and new parents.

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  • CAMBA Healthy Families

    This program provides a family support worker to help you navigate the changes in your life that come with pregnancy and parenthood. Learn how to calm a crying infant, create a safe and friendly home for your baby, and help your child grow physically and emotionally.

    Eligibility:

    • ZIP codes: 11226 and 11233
    • Only pregnant women or families with a newborn who is less than 3 months old

    Contact: CAMBA

    • (718) 826-2223

  • Nurse-Family Partnership

    If you are pregnant with your first baby, you can get in-home visits with a registered nurse, from pregnancy until your child is two years old. The nurse can help you have a healthy pregnancy and become a knowledgeable and nurturing parent.

    Eligibility:

    • ZIP codes: 11201, 11203, 11205, 11206, 11207, 11208, 11212, 11213, 11216, 11217, 11221, 11226, 11233, 11237
    • Income: Less than 223% of poverty level, or eligible for WIC or Medicaid
    • First-time mothers only
    • You must enroll before your 28th week of pregnancy

    Contact: SCO Family of Services


  • Sister Friend

    A Sister Friend is a community volunteer who can provide pregnant women with practical and emotional support up to their child’s first birthday.

    Eligibility: Resident of Central or Eastern Brooklyn

    Contact: Brooklyn Perinatal Network

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In the Circle Fathers' Program

This program helps men maintain healthy relationships and improve their parenting skills. It can also provide referrals to job training, education and financial and other support services.

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Eligibility:

  • ZIP codes: 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233, and neighboring areas
  • Low-income

Contact: SCO Family Services

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Excellence Baby Academy

This weekly group for parents and children up to two years old aims to strengthen families, promote healthy childhood development and prepare children for school. It includes:

  • Family-style meals
  • Developmental toy-making
  • Parenting education
  • Early childhood education
  • Home visits
  • Outings

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Eligibility:

  • ZIP codes: 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233
  • Low-income

Contact: Excellence Baby Academy

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Classes

Childbirth Education

This class will teach you about:

  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Breathing and relaxation
  • Breastfeeding your new baby
  • How your partner can support you

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Eligibility: Open to all pregnant women and their support people

Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn

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Newborn Care

This class is offered in four-week cycles. It covers:

  • Fundamentals of infant care
  • Bonding and attachment
  • Emotional and physical care for parents
  • Transitioning from the newborn period

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Eligibility: Open to all expectant or new parents

Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn

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Infant Safety/CPR

This class provides education on:

  • Infant CPR
  • Infant breathing emergencies
  • Safe sleep
  • Home safety

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Eligibility: Open to all expectant and new parents and caregivers

Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn

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Parenting Skills Workshop

This interactive class teaches you the skills you need to understand your child and help with their development.

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Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents, caregivers, grandparents, or parents of a child up to three years old

Contact: Caribbean Women’s Health Association

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Exercise Groups

Zumba/Women’s Fitness Club

You can dance yourself into shape with international music and dance moves. This easy-to-follow fitness group will help you burn calories while improving your mind, body and spirit.

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Eligibility: Open to women 14 and older

Contact: Caribbean Women’s Health Association

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Dancing Thru Pregnancy

This prenatal fitness class is structured to mimic the stages of labor through relaxation, breathing, aerobic dance and stretching.

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Eligibility: Open to all

Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn

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Move It, Mama!

This class can help you keep fit while you bond with your baby. It covers deep breathing, stretching and strengthening exercises designed for the postpartum body.

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Eligibility: Open to all

Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn

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Bereavement Support

For those who have lost a pregnancy or a child, Healthy Start Brooklyn offers Remembering You, Remembering Us, a free virtual support group with occasional in-person gatherings.

Contact: (212) 323-1425