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Gutierrez introduces ‘Newborn Navigator’ parent support bill in Council

July 3, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BUSHWICK — CITY COUNCILMEMBER JENNIFER Gutierrez last week introduced a new bill designed to make new parenthood simpler, according to an op-ed she penned for Bushwick Daily. The Newborn Navigator Act would see the city create a publicly accessible database of all services and resources available to parents of young children, such as support groups, healthcare providers and childcare programs, as well as vital information on topics like infant health and nutrition, vaccination schedules and workplace accommodations. The new one-stop shop database intends to help safeguard mothers and parents without support networks who suffer from nearly doubled maternal and infant mortality rates.

Gutierrez says the bill was the brainchild of staffer Angelica Colon following a traumatic birth experience and was informed by her own experiences as a new mother: “Despite working for the City Council for many years, [Colon] did not know where to access the resources she needed, or ones she didn’t even know she would need… Even with my decade of experience working in city government, I was overwhelmed with the task of being a new mom.”

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