Healthy Start Brooklyn provides a variety of support programs and classes for expectant and new parents who live in Brooklyn. You can get education and support about pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding, fatherhood and healthy living.
If you are interested in joining any of the below programs, call 718-637-5244 or email HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov.
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 through Healthy Start Brooklyn's By My Side Birth Support Program. 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.
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, how to prepare for your baby, breastfeeding, healthy eating for two and other topics. Refreshments are served at every appointment.
CenteringPregnancy is available in the following locations:
Home Visiting and Support
Healthy Start Brooklyn works with partner organizations to provide personalized support for pregnant women and new parents.
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.
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.
Learn more about the Nurse-Family Partnership program online, or call 718-257-7208.
A Sister Friend is a community volunteer who provides pregnant women with practical and emotional support up to their child’s first birthday.
This eight-week class will teach you about:
Healthy Start Brooklyn Fathers' Group
This program helps men maintain healthy relationships and improve their parenting skills. It also provides referrals to job training, education, financial literacy and other support services.
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:
Learn more about the Excellence Baby Academy online, or call 347-350-3636.
This class is offered in four-week cycles. It covers:
This class provides education on:
Parenting Skills Workshop
This interactive class teaches you the skills you need to understand your child and help with their development. It is open to all expectant parents, caregivers, grandparents or parents of a child up to three years old.
Learn more about the Caribbean Women's Health Association online, or call 718-826-2942 x206.
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.
Dancing Thru Pregnancy
This prenatal fitness class is structured to mimic the stages of labor through relaxation, breathing, aerobic dance and stretching.
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.
The Community Action Network works to promote wellness and provide strategies for handling stress, which has been linked to maternal health and well-being. It brings together community residents, community-based organizations and City agencies that live or work in Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and the surrounding areas. Contact Healthy Start Brooklyn if you are interested in getting involved.
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.