Healthy Start Brooklyn

Healthy Start Brooklyn provides education and support on pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding and healthy living. Healthy Start Brooklyn also operates the By My Side Birth Support Program, pairing doulas (trained childbirth assistants) with pregnant women.

Programs

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

If you live in Central Brooklyn, you may qualify for free doula services with two programs:

  • By My Side Birth Support Program

    Eligibility: zip codes 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233
    Low-income (<185% of poverty level/eligible for WIC)
    Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn, 718-637-5231 or HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov.
  • Healthy Women, Healthy Futures

    Eligibility: All Brooklyn residents
    Contact: Ancient Song Doulas, 917-947-8933; or the Brooklyn Perinatal Network, 718-643-8258, x21

*If you live outside of Brooklyn, you may be eligible for doula services through Healthy Women, Healthy Futures, which serves all five boroughs:

  • Bronx residents: The Bronx Health Link at 718-590-2648
  • Manhattan residents: Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership at 212-665-2600, x353
  • Queens residents: Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council at qcpcorg@aol.com
  • Staten Island residents: Community Health Center of Richmond at 917-830-0636, x7507; or Caribbean Women’s Health Association at 718-826-2942, x203

For additional doula information and more family/child resources, please visit www.healthystartcan.org.

Other Healthy Start Brooklyn programs

Excellence Baby Academy (EBA)

Excellence Baby Academy’s early childhood and parenting education program, EBA PREP (Parents * Resources * Education * Play), is a weekly group for parents and children ages 0 to 3 that includes family-style meals, developmental toy-making, parenting education, early childhood education, home visits, and outings.
Eligibility: zip codes 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233
Low-income
Contact: Excellence Baby Academy, 347-350-3636 or rsmith@excellencecharter.org

In the Circle Fathers' Program

A healthy, informed dad makes for a healthy child and family. In the Circle supports men in their relationships with the mothers of their children and works to improve the health and well-being of fathers. In addition, In the Circle provides assistance through referrals to job training, education, and financial and other supports.
Eligibility: zip codes 11207, 11208, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233, and neighboring areas
Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn, 718-637-5302 or HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov

Healthy Families

CAMBA’s Healthy Families program helps parents with the changes in their lives that come with pregnancy and the birth of a child. A family support worker will help you navigate 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, 11233
Low-income (<232% of poverty level/eligible for WIC)
Contact: CAMBA, 718-826-2223

Nurse-Family Partnership

Are you pregnant with your first baby? Nurse-Family Partnership is a home-visiting program for first-time mothers. Registered nurses provide in-home visits during the early stages of pregnancy and through the child’s second birthday, offering the counseling and support needed to deliver healthy babies and become good parents.
Eligibility: zip codes 11201, 11203, 11205, 11206, 11207, 11208, 11212, 11213, 11216, 11217, 11221, 11226, 11233, 11237
First baby; must be enrolled before 28 weeks
Low-income (<200% of poverty level/eligible for WIC/Medicaid/PCAP)
Contact: SCO Family of Services, 718-257-7208 or msoleyn@sco.org

Sister Friend

The Birthing Project pairs pregnant teens/women with a community volunteer—a “Sister Friend”—to provide practical and emotional support up to the child’s first birthday.
Eligibility: Residents of central/eastern Brooklyn
Low-income (<185% of poverty level/eligible for WIC)
Contact: Brooklyn Perinatal Network, 718-643-8258 or dwest@bpnetwork.org

Classes

Eligibility: open to all; classes are held at various locations in Brownsville and East New York.

Childbirth Education

Learn about the signs and stages of labor, breathing and relaxation, breastfeeding your new baby, how your partner can support you, and more! Open to pregnant women and a support person.
Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn, 718-637-5302 or HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov

Dancing thru Pregnancy

This prenatal fitness class is fun, engaging, and structured to mimic the stages of labor through relaxation, breathing, aerobic dance, and stretching.
Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn, 718-637-5244 or HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov

Infant Safety/CPR

All expectant and new parents and caregivers are welcome to attend this special class, covering infant CPR, infant breathing emergencies, safe sleep, and home safety.
Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn, 718-637-5244 or HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov

Newborn Care

This newborn care class is open to any new parent. Offered in 4-week cycles, these classes cover fundamentals of infant care, bonding and attachment, emotional and physical care for parents, and transitioning from newborn period.
Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn, 718-637-5302 or HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov

Postpartum fitness

Keep fit while bonding with your baby in this class that covers deep breathing, stretching, and strengthening exercises designed for the postpartum body!
Contact: Healthy Start Brooklyn, 718-637-5302 or HealthyStartBrooklyn@health.nyc.gov

"The Incredible Years" Parent Workshops

Are you an expectant parent, caregiver, grandparent, or parent of a child 0-3 years old? Join us for this fun, engaging, and interactive class to learn skills to understand your child and help with their development.
Contact: Caribbean Women’s Health Association, 718-826-2942 ext. 206 or rroberts@cwha.org

Women’s’ Fitness Club

A fun and energetic fitness class to burn some calories while learning about topics relevant to women’s health, such as nutrition, diabetes/obesity prevention, and family planning.
Contact: Caribbean Women’s Health Association, 718-826-2942 ext. 206 or rroberts@cwha.org