SHIELDS’ Welcome Baby program provides in-hospital visits, nurse appointments, parenting services, information and support with pre- and post-natal health care, and referrals and linkage for pregnant and parenting women and their children ages 0-5.

  • Conducts home visits with postpartum clients within approximately one week of hospital discharge.
  • Develops trust and rapport with clients and provides support using an empathic and client centered approach.
  • Adheres to all program guidelines, policies and protocols and actively works toward achieving the goals of the program.
  • Conducts a maternal assessment of the client for postpartum recovery and signs and symptoms of postpartum complications.
  • Conducts a head to toe examination of the newborn to ensure healthy development, appropriate weight gain and assess for signs and symptoms of possible complications, such as jaundice or dehydration.
  • Assesses infant feeding and provide assistance and support as needed.
  • Effectively conducts required client assessments using standardized tools for maternal depression, parent-infant attachment, social support, home safety, as well as other non-standardized client assessments.
  • Refers clients to medical provider if any complications with the mother or infant are identified and provides referrals for other services as needed.
  • Provides information to clients about maternal and infant health, breastfeeding, parenting, attachment, home safety, family planning, infant behavior and other related topics using a client-centered approach.



To perform effectively in this position, the employee in this position is required to have:

  • Knowledge of normal fetal, infant, and toddler development; prenatal and child health requirements; and early childhood education best practices.
  • Six months of home visitation experience (preferred).
  • Knowledgeable about local community resources and able to refer families to appropriate agencies.
  • Experience working with families from diverse age, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Empathy, warmth, and the ability to establish trusting supportive relationships with an ethnically diverse population.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to conduct a strength-based family assessment across a broad spectrum of areas using a validated, standardized tool administered in the prescribed manner.
  • Skill in organizing and maintaining complete, accurate records and filing reports in a timely manner.
  • Skill in writing to articulate concepts and ideas in notes and reports.
  • Bilingual preferred, with the ability to communicate in the language(s) represented in the community to be served.
  • Familiarity with the effects of domestic violence and parental alcohol and/or other drug abuse on family health, parenting, and general functioning.
  • Familiarity with the effects of perinatal depression on child development, parenting, and general functioning.
  • Maintain California license as registered nurse.


These requirements are typically met by Public Health Nurse Certification or RNs currently pursuing a PHN certification and will complete within one year of hire. At least one year of experience in maternal and/or newborn services. Certified lactation educator (CLE) or certified lactation counselor (CLC) at a minimum; or certification must be completed within six months of hire; alternately staff may be certified lactation consultant (CLC) or international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC/RLC).

The employee in this position must be able to perform this job safely, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others.