Welcome Baby is the Tennessee Department of Health’s universal outreach program for newborns. The purpose of Welcome Baby is to:
- Provide timely information to address the needs of families with newborns
- Connect children and families with appropriate services in the community
- Screen for family and child risks at the time of a child’s birth
- Improve utilization of community resources
Since the fall of 2013, the parents of every newborn in Tennessee receive a “Welcome Baby” packet in the mail. This packet is full of information helpful to new parents, even those with other children. Some families may also receive either a phone call or a voluntary outreach visit to receive additional information or support.