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Pregnancy & 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
The HopeLine Center provides numerous services for the Bronx community.
— Diaper center, food pantry, SNAP enrollment, and free tax preparation.
— For the Diaper Center call Monday between 9:30am – 5:00pm.
— Have a child 2 years and younger who resides with you (including expecting moms with other children).
— Live in the New York City area.
— Receive WIC and/or SNAP (food stamps).
Food Pantry
Walk in to make an appointment or call Monday between 9:30am – 5:00pm. You must be or have:
– A Bronx resident.
– Valid ID.
– Proof of address (for example: electric bill, phone bill, shelter residency letter).
SNAP Enrollment
– Monday-Wednesday 10:00am-4:30pm
– Available to all community members who have questions, concerns, want to apply, recertify, or simply update their case.
Free Tax preparation
Call to schedule appointment or walk-in to sign your return Tuesdays 9:30 am–12:30 pm and 3pm–4:30pm or To file or sign your return Thursdays 9:30am–3pm
Updated on February 16, 2023


avail-logo@2xAVAIL NYC
115 W. 45th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10036 (Midtown Manhattan)
(212) 689-1705
Text 234-201-0532

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.
Unexpected pregnancy, after abortion, parenting support, healthy relationships, partners & men.
— Call during business hours to schedule an appointment or ask a question
Text 234-201-0532 to have a short consultation or ask a question
— Email if you prefer email, reach AVAIL at
Updated on February 16, 2023

Medicaid for Pregnancy


People who are pregnant can get free Medicaid care through the New York State Department of Health.


  • If you’re pregnant and uninsured, you may qualify. How much you earn will determine if you qualify. Call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 800-522-5006 for information to see if you qualify.
  • Coverage is available regardless of immigration status.
  • To sign up, go to the NY State of Health Marketplace at even if the enrollment period has closed.
  • Call 311 for assistance with your application.
  • Your baby will receive health care for at least one year after its birth.

To learn more about Medicaid for Pregnant Women go to
Updated on February 26, 2024

Healthy Start Brooklyn (Pregnancy and Parenting Classes for Brooklyn Residents)
(844) 919-1123
Healthy Start Brooklyn provides a variety of support programs and classes for expectant and new parents who live in Brooklyn.
All expectant or new parents living in Brooklyn are eligible.
Education and support about pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, breastfeeding, fatherhood, and healthy living.
Learn more about the Healthy Start Brooklyn Programs here.

Heatlhy Start Brooklyn ofrece variedad de clases y programas de apoyo para familias en embarazo y nuevos padres. Recibe educación acerca del proceso del embarazo, el nacimiento de tu bebé, crianza, lactancia materna, paternidad para hombres, y estilos de vida saludable.
Todas las familias embarazadas y nuevos papás que residan en Brooklyn califican para los servicios de Healthy Start.
Aprende más visitando Healthy Start Brooklyn manejado por el Departamento de Salud.

Updated on February 16, 2023

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 la salud, seguridad de tu embarazo y la de tu bebé. Además de recibir mensajes de texto, tendrás acceso a funciones interactivas con información acerca del crecimiento de tu bebé cada semana, notificaciones médicas, tests, y recordatorios de citas con el doctor.
Los mensajes de texto no tendrán cobro para cuentas de celulares prepagadas.

Updated on July 20, 2020

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

(212) 620-7800
For more than 20 years, Room to Grow’s three-year program has provided critical support to families raising babies born into low-income circumstances.
— Expecting families of all types are welcome to apply.
— Families who are eligible for benefits such as SNAP, WIC, TANF, etc.
— There are no requirements around citizenship, age, marital or relationship status, or number of children.
Room to Grow provides parents and caregivers with:
— Essential baby and toddler items.
— Strategies and support to promote their children’s development.
— Connections to community resources that can meaningfully expand their support network.
— Currently, the program is offered in English and Spanish.
If you would like to learn more about parenting & helping your baby develop, consider applying to Room to Grow at Call (212) 620-7800 for more information.
Updated on February 16, 2023

Nurse Family Partnership (First-Time Pregnant Moms)

nurse-family-partnership 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.
NYC Nurse-Family Partnership is available to anyone in New York City who:
— Is 28 weeks pregnant or less with their first baby.
— Meets income requirements.
— Are first-time mothers, regardless of age, immigration status or gender identity.
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.
Learn about eligibility criteria by calling your nearest NFP agency. Locate your agency on the NFP homepage.
Updated on February 16, 2023

MotherToBaby NY (Medications and Pregnancy Risk Hotline)
Call (585) 275-3638 or 1 (844) 352-3420 (toll-free)
MotherToBaby NY specializes in answering questions about the benefit/risk of exposures, such as medications, vaccines, chemicals, herbal products, substances of abuse, maternal health conditions and much more, during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Informational services are available at no cost to people who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, their family members, health professionals, and the general public via chat, text, phone, and email in both English and Spanish.
For inquiries call 800-724-2454 or submit your questions online on this site.
Updated on February 16, 2023

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