NYC Mayor Adams Announces Over 12,000 Families Served with Maternal and Infant Health Services


As of December 2023, approximately 9,500 families were served by the Newborn Home Visit Program, 1,200 by the Nurse Family Partnership, and 1,900 by the Citywide Doula Initiative

Advances Adams Administration’s Goal in HealthyNYC to Reduce Black Maternal Mortality by 10 Percent by 2030

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan today announced that since expanding access to doula and midwifery services two years ago, over 12,000 families have been served with home visits by the New Family Home Visits Initiative. The $34 million initiative offers support services and referrals to new and expectant parents by having trained health workers — such as nurses, doulas, lactation consultants, or community health workers — make in-person or virtual visits to the home of a new or expecting parent, identifying maternal health needs during pregnancy or soon after childbirth, preparing families for delivery and a new baby, and connecting families to needed services essential to the well-being of mothers, children, and families. The New Family Home Visits Initiative includes the Newborn Home Visits Program, Nurse Family Partnership, and Citywide Doula Initiative.

As of December 2023, approximately 9,500 families were served by the Newborn Home Visit Program, 1,200 by the Nurse Family Partnership, and 1,900 by the Citywide Doula Initiative. As the city aims to reduce Black maternal mortality by 10 percent by 2030 through HealthyNYC — New York City’s ambitious plan to improve and extend the average lifespan of all New Yorkers — this milestone represents the Adams administration’s continued commitment to building healthier families and communities across the five boroughs.

“Since day one, our administration has been committed to supporting expecting families and tackling maternal mortality,” said Mayor Adams. “The numbers are clear: Black New Yorkers are four times more likely than white New Yorkers to experience a pregnancy-associated death. Our administration has taken action to boost birth equity — expanding the doula program citywide, signing a package of bills to strengthen maternal health, and setting the ambitious goal of reducing Black maternal mortality by 10 percent by 2030. Since we expanded access to doulas, lactation consultants, and nurse visits, we are proud to have connected over 12,000 families across New York City with services that are supporting families. Our children are our most precious resource, and by investing in them and their families from the start, we’ll build a safer and healthier city for generations to come.”

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our long-standing commitment to reshaping our maternal health system to engage a broader care team including doulas, lactation specialists, and others to give every expectant person and family the support they need before and after welcoming their new family member,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. “Furthermore, we set a goal through HealthyNYC to reduce Black maternal mortality by 10 percent by 2030, as Black women are four times more likely to experience a pregnancy associated death compared to white women in New York City. We will continue to work to close these equity gaps and give every family the healthy, supportive foundation they need to thrive.”

“Supporting maternal and infant health in a way that centers an individual family’s needs is essential to building trust and a strong foundation for a healthy future,” said DOHMH Commissioner Dr. Vasan. “We are committed to reducing maternal mortality rates as part of our efforts to increase New Yorkers’ lifespans and healthspans, and the New Family Home Visits Initiative offers valuable accompaniment and support to ensure the healthiest start to life possible.”

To simplify the referral process and make it easier for families to be quickly connected to home visiting programs, the New Family Home Visits Initiative implemented the nation’s first citywide, web-based coordinated intake and referral system. This system matches families to programs and community resources that best fit their needs and for this effort, DOHMH was awarded the Government Technology Best of New York City Award in November 2023.

Comprised of three programs, the New Family Home Visits Initiative connects new and expecting parents with thoughtful care for every expecting and new family. The Newborn Home Visits Program has served approximately 9,500 families in just over two years and offers no-cost in-person and virtual home visits to families with a new infant (zero to three months) to facilitate the adjustment to parenthood, assure a safe living environment for families, provide topic-specific education, and identify health and social issues that require referral to community-based services. The Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence-based nurse home visiting program that pairs clients with registered nurses to receive regular visits from early pregnancy until their child’s second birthday. The program has served approximately 1,200 families since March 2023.

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