Model Profiles

Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby is a voluntary, universal hospital- and home-based intervention for pregnant and postpartum women. Welcome Baby works with families to maximize the health, safety, and security of the baby; build a strong parent-child relationship; and facilitate access to support services when needed. See welcomebaby.labestbabies.org for details.

What is the model’s approach to providing home visiting services?

Welcome Baby provides a home visit before the 27th week of pregnancy, followed by a phone call check-in and a home visit after the 28th week of pregnancy. Families receive five home visits after their baby is born. A registered nurse makes the first visit 3 to 14 days postpartum. A parent coach then visits the family at 2 to 4 weeks, 2 months, 3 to 4 months, and 9 months postpartum. Services are provided until the child is 9 months old. Welcome Baby recommends families initiate services prenatally if their location permits, or at the time of birth in a participating hospital.

Welcome Baby serves all families with young children. Some local programs have specific eligibility requirements.

Who is implementing the model?

Home Visitors

Welcome Baby was implemented by 192 home visitors in 2018. The model requires at least a bachelor’s degree for home visitors. The maximum caseload requirement for home visitors is 100 families.

Supervisors

Welcome Baby was implemented by 68 supervisors in 2018. The model recommends at least a bachelor’s degree for supervisors.

Where is the model implemented?

Welcome Baby operated in one state in 2018.

Families Served Through Home Visiting in 2018

33,377
home visits provided
15,260
families served
15,260
children served

Ethnicity

77% Hispanic or Latino

23% Not Hispanic or Latino

Child age

100% < 1 year

Caregiver education

26% No HS diploma

39% HS diploma or GED

26% Some college or training

9% Bachelor's degree or higher

Child insurance status

91% Public

9% Private

<1% None

Primary language

63% English

36% Spanish

1% Other

Household income

69% Low-income status

31% Not low-income status

Note • Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding. • To protect confidentiality, race and ethnicity categories with 10 or fewer participants were replaced with *.