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Model Profiles

Welcome Baby

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?

Home Visitors

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

home visits provided
including 34,009 virtual visits
families served
children served


78% Hispanic or Latino

22% Not Hispanic or Latino

Caregiver age

10% ≤21 years

40% 22-29 years

49% 30-44 years

<1% ≥45 years

Caregiver education

20% No HS diploma

37% HS diploma or GED

27% Some college or training

16% Bachelor's degree or higher

Household income

92% Low-income status

8% Not low-income status

Primary language

68% English

30% Spanish

2% Another language

Child age

100% <1 year

0% 1-2 years

0% 3-5 years

Child insurance status

79% Public

20% Private

1% None

Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.