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Pregnancy and Infants

Child Safety Booklet

Take Good Care of Your Baby Website
The Administation of Child Services of NYC put together a child safety booklet that gives parents and caregivers tips on how to avoid some of the most common and dangerous child and infant-related injuries, including window falls, drowning, shaken baby syndrome, and unintended poisonings in the home.
The booklet is available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

The HopeLine Diaper Center

hopeline-logo-sample-ACThe HopeLine Diaper Center
884 East 163rd St, Bronx, NY 10459
(718) 402-1212


COVID-19 Update: Due to the Corona Virus pandemic the HopeLine Center is temporarily opening up their Diaper Center to all 5 boroughs. Although Bronx residents will be given priority, HopeLine will make appointments for those residing in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island

The Diaper Assistance Program by the HopeLine Center located in the Bronx distributes diapers to families in need. You must make an appointment to pick up diapers by calling to (718) 402-1212 on Mondays starting at 9:30 am.
To get assistance, you must be the parent/legal guardian, have a child who is 2 years or younger, receive WIC and/or food stamps, have proof of address, and birth certificate of child/ren.
-First Come, First Served-


El Programa de Asistencia con Pañales del HopeLine Center (La Línea de la Esperanza) distribuye pañales para las familias en necesidad. Deberás hacer una cita con el centro los lunes desde las 9:30 am llamando al (718) 402-1212.
Para recibir pañales debes 1) ser padre de familia o guardián, 2) tener un niño de 2 años o menor, 3) estar recibiendo WIC o cupones de comida, 4) tener una prueba de domicilio, y 5) tener un certificado de nacimiento del niño o los niños.
La distribución de pañales se hará por orden de llegada.



avail-logo@2xAVAIL NYC
115 W. 45th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10036 (Midtown Manhattan)
(212) 689-1705


COVID-19 update: To prevent exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all client appointments are available remotely by phone or video chat via Google Hangouts


Actualización COVID-19: Para prevenir contagios por el coronavirus (COVID-19), todas las citas se realizarán por teléfono o video chat a través de Google Hangouts

AVAIL exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy. Client advocates will provide you with the information and support you need to make a decision about how to move forward. Avail is not a medical provider.
Ongoing social, emotional, and spiritual support; Resources, including information on insurance, nursery-care subsidy programs, housing, and work programs are offered. Expectant parents are encouraged to continue to meet one-on-one with a client advocate for individualized support through their pregnancy and decision making.

AVAIL existe como un refugio seguro para mujeres y hombres que enfrentan un embarazo no deseado. Auxiliares le ayudarán con la información y el apoyo que necesita para hacer una decisión y salir adelante. Tenga presente que AVAIL no es un prestador de servicios médicos.
AVAIL le ofrecerá apoyo social, emocional, y espiritual y recursos incluyendo información acerca de seguros de salud, programas de guardería subsidiados, vivienda, y programas de trabajo. La organización anima a madres/padres en embarazo a que continúen reuniendose con defensores del cliente para recibir apoyo individualizado durante el embarazo.


Free Medical Care during Pregnancy

Prenatal Care in New York State
Call 311 and ask for Medicaid for Pregnant Women
Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 800-522-5006
Free Medicaid coverage is available for pregnant women through the New York State Department of Health.
If you’re pregnant and uninsured, you may qualify to sign up for an insurance plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace, even if the enrollment period is closed.
Furthermore, free coverage is available regardless of immigration status. Babies receive health care services for at least one year after birth. Note: Extended access to family planning services is available to women who have Medicaid while pregnant but lose coverage after pregnancy.

Existe cobertura médica gratuita disponible (administrada por Medicaid) para mujeres embarazadas a través del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York.
Si está embarazada y no cuenta con seguro médico, podría calificar para un plan de seguro en el Mercado de Salud del Estado de NY, aún cuando el periodo de inscripción haya cerrado.
Además, la cobertura gratuita está disponible independientemente del estado inmigratorio del solicitante. Bajo esta cobertura, los bebés recibirán servicios de salud hasta por lo menos un año después de haber nacido. Nota: Los servicios extendidos de planeación familiar están disponibles para mujeres mbarazadas con Medicaid, pero perderán cobertura después del embarazo.


Healthy Start Brooklyn (Pregnancy and Parenting Classes for Brooklyn Residents)

nyc_health_logoEnroll Online
(844) 919-1123

COVID-19 update: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them over the phone. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly


Actualizacion COVID-19: Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, algunos programas estan limitando sus servicios o alternativamente los estan ofreciendo por telefono. Para informacion actualizada, por favor contacte los programas directamente

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.
All expectant or new parents living in Brooklyn are eligible.
Learn more about the Healthy Start Brooklyn Programs here.

Heatlhy Start Brooklyn ofrece variedad de programas de apoyo y clases para familias en embarazo y nuevos padres que residen en Brooklyn. Podras recibir educacion y apoyo acerca del proceso del embarazo, el nacimineto de tu bebe, crianza, lactancia materna, paternidad para hombres, y estilos de vida saludable.
Todas las familias embarazadas y nuevos papas que residan en Brooklyn califican para los servicios de Healthy Start.
Aprende mas visitando Healthy Start Brooklyn por el Departamento de Salud.


Text4baby (Pregnancy Educational App)

Text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411
The free Text4baby app makes it easy for you to get critical health and safety information. As the perfect companion to text messages sent by text4baby, you can get more health and safety tips and access fun, interactive features, including how your baby is growing each week, your progress and medical updates, quizzes, and appointment reminders.
Text messages are free for people who have pay-as-you-go or pre-paid cell phones. Learn more here.

Text4baby es una aplicación móvil gratis donde podrás aprender acerca de tu salud y seguridad durante el embarazo y la de tu bebé. Además de recibir mensajes de texto por Text4baby, podrás en la aplicación aprender acceder funciones interactivas incluyendo el crecimiento de tu bebé cada semana, tu progreso y noticias médicas, quizzes, y recordatorios de citas.
Los mensajes de texto son gratuitos para cuentas de celulares prepagados.


Room To Grow NYC (Parenting Support & Education/Baby Essentials)

room_to_grow_logoManhattan Family Center (Korea Town) 
South Bronx Family Center
(212) 620-7800

COVID-19 Update: All visits are now virtual. Families meet with their clinicians for regularly scheduled visits via phone or video chat. Essential baby clothing and gear are shipped directly to families’ doorsteps through various partnerships. E-gift cards for baby items and urgent needs are distributed to all families as part of their visit. Additional office hours are available daily via text, phone, and video chat.

Room to Grow is a 3-year program that provides low-income families with one-to-one parenting coaching and support. This includes discussing developmental stages, offering strategies to recognize and respond to their child’s many needs, and providing resources and support to help cope with raising a child in typically stressful circumstances. At every visit, parents also receive age-appropriate material necessities, allowing them to provide fully for their baby in an immediate and meaningful way.
If you are pregnant (no more than 36 weeks along) and you would like to learn more about parenting & helping your baby develop, consider applying to Room to Grow. Call (212) 620-7800 for more information.

Nurse Family Partnership (First-Time Pregnant Moms)

nurse-family-partnership Nurse-Family Partnerhip (serving all boroughs)
Call 311 and ask for “Nurse-Family Partnership”


COVID-19 update: The Nurse-Family Partnership is offering 100% telehealth services. If you need a phone to access telehealth services, NFP will provide you with one. Learn more here.

Maternal and child health nurses are the backbone of the Nurse-Family Partnership.
A nurse-led maternal health and home visitation program, Nurse-Family Partnership partners serve low-income, first-time moms.
Moms with their very own free Nurse­-Family Partnership personal nurse will get the support, advice, and information they need during their pregnancy and when their baby arrives.
Your nurse will support you to:
-Know what to expect during pregnancy and childbirth.
-Learn how to take care of your baby (feeding, bathing, safe sleep, and more).
-Understand how babies learn and grow.
-Connect with other resources and services, like health insurance, mental health care, child care and educational programs.
-Achieve personal goals, such as continuing your education and developing job skills.
-Give your baby the best possible start to life.
To qualify for their free services you must be a first-time mom that is pregnant 28 weeks or less, but your nurse would love to work with you as early in your pregnancy as possible. There is also an income eligibility requirement. Learn about eligibility criteria by calling your nearest NFP agency. Locate your agency on the NFP homepage.
The nursing program is available to first-time mothers regardless of age, immigration status or gender identity.

MotherToBaby NY (Medications and Pregnancy Risk Hotline)

mother-to-baby-logoMotherToBaby NY (Pregnancy Risk Network) 
124 Front St. Binghamton, NY 13905
MotherToBaby NY offer information about the possible effects of medications and other things someone can come into contact with, or be exposed to, that might affect pregnancy or breastfeeding. MothertoBaby NY provide information to the general public and to healthcare professionals throughout New York State.
For inquiries call 800-724-2454 or submit your questions online on this site.

MothertoBaby NY brinda información a madres, profesionales de la salud, y el público en general acerca de los posibles efectos de medicamentos y otros elementos a los que una persona puede exponerse y que podría afectar el embarazado y la lactancia.
Para inquietudes o solicitudes llama al 800-724-2454 o ingresa tus preguntas en línea aquí.


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