Welcome Baby provides L.A. County pregnant women and new moms with information, support and a trusted partner to help you through the journey of pregnancy and early parenthood.
This free and voluntary program from First 5 LA offers the following during pregnancy and throughout your baby's first nine months and can include the following:
An in-hospital visit where you will receive assistance with breastfeeding and information about bonding and attachment, taking care of your baby, and resources your family may need as you transition into motherhood
A personal Parent Coach who meets with you and your family in the comfort and convenience of your home
Information and support on breastfeeding, home safety and other topics
An in-home appointment with a nurse within the first few days after delivering at the hospital
Referrals to additional resources to help you and your baby
Baby-and mom-friendly items such as thermometers, nursing pillows, toys and baby-proofing supplies for the home
The program is available to all L.A. County families at no cost who deliver, or plan to deliver, at one of 13 participating Welcome Baby hospitals regardless of income status. Welcome Baby will benefit families in different ways based upon where they live and their specific needs.
ABOUT WELCOME BABY Welcome Baby is a component of Best Start - a multi-year effort created by First 5 LA that aims to shape, strengthen and support L.A. County neighborhoods by building resources and providing access to activities that improve the wellbeing, development and care experienced by pregnant women, new parents and children age five and under.
Welcome Baby started in 2009 with its pilot program through Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) in partnership with California Hospital Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health's system of hospitals. Welcome Baby has since expanded to 13 LA county hospitals, serving approximately 60 percent of all families within Best Start communities and over a third of the births countywide. When at full capacity, an estimated 25 percent of all babies born in L.A. County will be a Welcome Baby baby.
WHAT IS A PARENT COACH? A Parent Coach supports moms both during pregnancy and following birth. She provides health care and parenting education and information, support and resources, as well as assistance with breastfeeding and baby-proofing homes to ensure the healthy and safe development of both mom and baby. If needed, your Parent Coach will talk to you about community resources that can help your family receive health care coverage or other supportive services.
WHAT DOES A PARENT COACH DO DURING WELCOME BABY VISITS?
Observe and provide information about parent-infant attachment and infant behavior
Observe and provide information about infant feeding and provide breastfeeding support and advice
Assist families in establishing a medical home, following up on well-child visits and identifying health insurance coverage, if necessary
Educate parents about the parent-child bond and how it can build confidence and success
In partnership with parents, perform a screening to assess child development milestones
Refer families to their local Best Start community activities
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Welcome Baby benefits families in different ways based upon where they live and their specific needs.
All families delivering at a Welcome Baby participating hospital will be offered a Welcome Baby hospital visit at the time of your baby's birth.
Families residing within a Best Start community can enroll prenatally (up to 38 weeks) or at the hospital.
WHICH HOSPITALS ARE PARTICIPATING IN WELCOME BABY?