Welcome Baby is a voluntary, universal hospital- and home-based intervention for families who are expecting or have recently given birth. Welcome Baby works with families to help them have healthy pregnancies and births; provide support during the postpartum period; maximize babies’ health and safety; build strong parent-child relationships; 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 125 full-time equivalent (FTE) home visitors in 2022. 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 FTE supervisors in 2022. 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 2022.
Families Served Through Home Visiting in 2022
<1% American Indian Alaska Native
<1% Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander
79% Another race
78% Hispanic or Latino
22% Not Hispanic or Latino
10% ≤21 years
40% 22-29 years
49% 30-44 years
<1% ≥45 years
20% No HS diploma
37% 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