The COMBO vision is to develop a lasting partnership with the Washington Heights and greater New York City community to understand effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on an underrepresented group in research: babies and their mothers. This work could not be done without our participants. Together, we can support our next generation's healthy development. To this end, we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and adds an enormous stressor to the stress of being a new or expectant parent. Below we have compiled a list of resources that may be of use if you are struggling with mental health, feeling unsafe in your home, facing hunger and food insecurity, need breastfeeding support, and/or wish to find out more about pregnancy and COVID-19.

If you are feeling stressed, depressed, or overwhelmed, the following resources are available 24/7:

  • NYC Well: Free, confidential crisis counseling, mental health and substance misuse support, information and referral. Call 888-NYC-WELL (692-9355), text “WELL” to 65173, or click here to online chat.
    • Español: Press 3
    • 中文: Press 5
    • Interpreters are available for 200+ languages. Stay on the line, and you will be connected with a counselor who can connect you to translator services.
  • National Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 in any type of crisis to connect with a crisis counselor.
  • Disaster Distress Hotline Provided by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Call 1-800-985-5990, text “TalkWithUs” to 66746, or visit:
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 997 or 800-273-TALK (8255) or visit

If you don't feel safe in your home:

  • Violence Intervention Program - a live, 24 hour, bilingual (English/Spanish) domestic violence hotline. Call 1-800-664-5880 or visit
  • The New York State Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7 - call 1-800-942-6906.

If you are experiencing hunger or food insecurity:

For a list of Washington Heights-specific food resources, visit:

If you are seeking postpartum advice: 

  • The Postpartum Resource Center of New York offers free emotional support and healthcare/support resources 7 days a week, 9am - 5pm at 1(855) 631-0001

If you need help with or have questions about breastfeeding:

For a comprehensive list of worldwide studies published covering COVID-19 maternal and child health:

For information on SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in pregnancy:

Watch a town hall meeting sponsored by Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in pregnant and childbearing women:

For a variety of general support programs: 

  • Visit for an interactive neighborhood map to see what services are available in your area. Some services include financial assistance, volunteers who can help run errands for you, food support, etc. 
  • A nurse-led maternal health and home visitation program, Nurse-Family Partnership partners low-income, first-time moms with maternal and child health nurses. The resulting trusted relationship gives these moms the support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child's health and development, and become more economically self-sufficient. Click here to learn more:
  • To receive monetary assistance for WIC foods, health screenings, health counseling, referrals to other programs, breastfeeding support and more, mothers may apply to WIC (Women, Infants, and Children):

For childcare-related resources: 

For assistance coping with COVID-related loss (for children, teens, and adults)

  • COVID-Loss Camps, an extension of Comfprt Zone Camp, offer in-person and virtual camp programs to assist children, adults, and parents who have experienced a COVID-related death. Click the following link to view the dates of programs currently offered:
  • Sessame Street in Communities provides parents and guardians with videos, articles, and and activity plans designed to help children up to 10 years old cope with COVID-related loss. Click here to learn more about Sessame Street and grief management:
  • The Dougy Center is a national organization with a wide variety of resources, activities, podcasts, articles, and tips for processing grief after losing loved ones. Targets children and teenagers. Click here to learn more:
  • The COPE Foundation, based in Long Island, provides bereavement support groups for children, teens, and adults, as well as a hotline ((516) 364-COPE (2673), Mon-Thurs 9-9, Sat-Sun 10-3) for grieving indaviduals. All services are free. Click here to learn more:
  • The Eluna Resource Center provides a national directory of grief-related resources. Click here:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City matches children aged 7-17 with adult mentors, allowing the pairs to enjoy free activities in NYC twice a month. Apply here: