Highlights of Results

Welcome Every Baby staff and our partners are committed to providing services that have a positive impact on babies and their families. The best evidence that we have that we are successful comes from the feedback we receive from the families we visit. We also measure our impact by tracking our results through evaluation. Below is a snapshot of some of our results:

  • 24,000 families have been served since the program was launched in Santa Barbara County

  • 96.4% of mothers state that Welcome Every Baby visits made a difference in their parenting

  • At the first visit 87% are breastfeeding and 69% of Welcome Every Baby mothers are still breastfeeding at 6 months (In 2004, the national rate of breastfeeding at 6 months was 41.5% and 52.9% in California)

  • Families are engaging in pre-literacy activities at high levels - 93% at initial visit and 99% at 9 months

  • 96% of families are getting their periodic well-baby visits completed by the time they meet with the child development specialist and nearly all have by the 9 month visit.

  • Developmental concerns are being identified early. By the 9 month visit, 4% of families are reporting concerns and the child development specialist is providing appropriate referrals for families.

  • Since the Welcome Every Baby program started there has been a 21% increase in referrals to Early Start to identify developmental concerns and to help children get support for special needs

  • Mothers with post-partum depression are being identified early and being referred for help. Around 3% of mothers reported symptoms of post-partum depression by the time of the first visit with the child development specialist and that drops to less than 1% by 9 months

  • Infants are increasingly free from tobacco smoke exposure.

  • Each year more than 3000 referrals are made by Welcome Every Baby staff. These referrals help connect parents to valuable community resources


(Note: Data on outcome indicators was collected on a random subset of mothers and infants for 2006-2007. Data is available for one-third to nearly one-half of the total population across the indicators assessed)

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