Healthy Start Brooklyn

Healthy Start Brooklyn

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.

Pregnancy and Prenatal Support and Classes

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.

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:

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

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.

Learn more about CAMBA Healthy Families.

SCO 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.

Learn more about the Nurse-Family Partnership program online, or call 718-257-7208.

Sister Friend Birthing Project

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

Learn more about the Sister Friend Birthing Project.

This eight-week class will teach you about:

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

New Parent Support and Classes

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.

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

Learn more about the Excellence Baby Academy online, or call 347-350-3636.

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

This class provides education on:

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

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.

Exercise Groups

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.

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

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.

Community Action Network

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.

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.