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
884 East 163rd St, Bronx, NY 10459
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-
115 W. 45th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10036 (Midtown Manhattan)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Partnerhip (serving all boroughs)
Call 311 and ask for “Nurse-Family Partnership”
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 (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.