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.