PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES

Welcome Baby

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.

Welcome Baby press release