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.
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?
Welcome Baby was implemented by 109 home visitors in 2021. The model requires at least a bachelor’s degree for home visitors. The maximum caseload requirement for home visitors is 100 families.
Welcome Baby was implemented by 25 supervisors in 2021. The model recommends at least a bachelor’s degree for supervisors.
Where is the model implemented?
Welcome Baby operated in 14 local agencies in 1 state in 2021.
Families Served Through Home Visiting in 2021
<1% American Indian/Alaska Native
<1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
76% Another race
75% Hispanic or Latino
25% Not Hispanic or Latino
11% ≤21 years
40% 22-29 years
49% 30-44 years
<1% ≥45 years
21% No HS diploma
35% HS diploma or GED
27% Some college or training
16% Bachelor's degree or higher
92% Low-income status
8% Not low-income status
2% Another language
100% <1 year
0% 1-2 years
0% 3-5 years
Child insurance status