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.
For information about upcoming virtual services and activities, see the event calendar:
If you are interested in joining any of the below programs, you can enroll online, call 844-919-1123 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 (ZIP codes 11207, 11208, 11216, 11212, 11216, 11221 or 11233), you may qualify for free doula services through Healthy Start Brooklyn's By My Side Birth Support Program. For more information about By My Side, call 718-637-5231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not live in those neighborhoods, you can still find out about free or low-cost doulas and other resources in your area.
If you are a certified birth doula who would like to join the By My Side Birth Support Program, you must have attended at least 10 births to be considered.
The program also prefers doulas who live in Central or Eastern Brooklyn. There is a special need for doulas who are fluent in Spanish or Haitian Creole.
To apply, email email@example.com.
ROSE (Reach Out, Stay Strong: Essentials)
This program provides tips on how to take care of yourself while pregnant, and feel your best after the baby is born. The four sessions help you learn to:
Enroll in ROSE – Reach Out, Stay Strong: Essentials for Mothers of Newborns
This eight-week class will teach you about:
Family Foundations is a free 9-week program for expectant and new parents in Brooklyn. The program supports parents as they:
Family Foundation is open to couples and to parents who are not in a relationship with each other.
Remembering You, Remembering Us
Remembering You, Remembering Us sessions are for any woman, man, family member or supporter who has experienced and/or been impacted by infertility, pregnancy, infant loss, birth related trauma and/or maternal mortality.
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:
To learn more, visit the Excellence Baby Academy. To enroll, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 347-350-3636.
Dates: Tuesday, April 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is a two-part class. It covers:
Dates: Tuesday, April 11, noon to 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
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.
The Parenting Skills Workshop is offered through a partnership with the Caribbean Women's Health Association. To enroll, email YGordon@cwha.org or call 929-441-7125.
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. If you would like to get involved, email email@example.com with “Community Action Network” in the subject line.
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.