Minding the Baby® Home Visiting for First-Time Mothers

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Minding the Baby® (MTB) is an intensive home visiting model intended for first-time young mothers and their families, developed in New Haven, Connecticut in 2002. The interdisciplinary intervention brings together a home visiting team including a pediatric nurse practitioner and a licensed clinical social worker to promote positive health, mental health, life course, and attachment outcomes in babies, mothers, and their families. 

In New Haven, MTB clinicians provide direct service for young families while Yale research staff conduct ongoing research and program evaluation. The intervention is also being replicated in the United Kingdom and Florida. MTB began as a collaboration among the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Nursing, Fair Haven Community Health Center, and Cornell Scott Hill Health Center

This work would not be possible without our donors. For information on how to support this grant-funded program, please visit our Funding Support page. Every dollar counts, and support at any level is very much appreciated.

In September 2014, the MTB model was identified by Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review as an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model.” The criteria for this designation were established by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). MTB is one of 17 home visiting models nationwide with this designation, making it eligible for implementation via state funds through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

For more information, please download our Fact Sheet and Program Brochure, and explore our web site to read more about the MTB Mission, Funding, Faculty & Staff, Contact Information, Clinical Model, Research, Training and Consultation, and Resources.

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For more information about Minding the Baby® please send an e-mail to MTB Project Director Crista Marchesseault.

To contact our main office or research staff, please call 203.785.5589.

Mailing Address
Minding the Baby®
Yale Child Study Center
230 South Frontage Road
PO Box 207900
New Haven, CT 06520-7900