Minding the Baby® Home Visiting for First-Time Mothers
Minding the Baby® (MTB) began as an intensive home visiting model for first-time young mothers and their families and was initially 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.
Based out of the MTB National Office in New Haven, MTB clinicians provide direct service for young families while Yale research staff conduct research and program evaluation. 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.
Thanks to a grant from the Grossman Family Foundation in 2017, MTB has been expanded in Connecticut, now serving families in Fairfield County in partnership with Family & Children’s Agency in Norwalk and Family Centers in Stamford. Please contact these agencies directly to refer families in these areas.
In addition to the on-going work with families in Connecticut, the intervention is being replicated in Florida, Scotland, England, and Denmark. MTB research and practice provides a foundation for training and consultation to a variety of mental health and health professionals providing care to children and families through the MTB National Office.
This work would not be possible without our donors. For information on how to support this grant-funded initiative, 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 19 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 explore our web site to read more about the MTB Mission, Funding, Faculty & Staff, Contact Information, Clinical Model, Research, Training and Consultation, and Resources.