“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.” ~Anne Christian Buchanan &Debra K. Kingsporn, The Quickening Heart: A Journal for Expectant Mothers

Congratulations!

You are expecting a child! This may be your first child, or you may have been pregnant before and are expecting again. Either way, you have a precious new life growing inside you and it is your responsibility to do all you can to keep yourself and your little one healthy for the next several months—and beyond.

It is extremely important for you to take care of yourself while you are pregnant.  The things you do and the food you eat, the vitamins and medication (prescription and non-prescription) you take, and what you drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will have a major effect on your baby, and on you.

Even if you have been pregnant before, this is a great time to get additional support, and expert professional attention and guidance.

MomCare

MomCare is a program designed to help pregnant women who are newly enrolled in Medicaid have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. A MomCare advisor will contact you and provide the following services and support:

  • Assist with navigating the Medicaid system.
  • Assist with selecting a prenatal care provider for early and continuous prenatal health care.
  • Assist with identifying a pediatrician or family practice provider who will see their baby after birth and for all newborn care medical needs.
  • Provides information about the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition services and how to enroll in WIC.
  • Explains the benefits of the Healthy Start program and how to enroll.
  • Answers questions about the prenatal care process.
  • Provides referral information for other community resources as needed.

Healthy Start Program

The Healthy Start program provides services and support needed by pregnant women to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Every woman who receives a positive pregnancy test from her health care provider is offered a Prenatal Risk Screen. This screen helps us identify any risks that could negatively affect you and the baby. Healthy Start services are no charge to you and include:

  • Pregnancy health education
  • Nutrition education
  • Childbirth preparation
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • New baby care
  • Parenting education and support
  • Help to quit smoking
  • Stress management and emotional support
  • General support and community referrals

Our care coordinators work individually with moms to determine the right support and services needed to ensure a healthy pregnancy, healthy birth, and healthy baby.

Contact Healthy Start to enroll:

850-488-0288, ext. 106 (Leon County) or 850-926-0400 (Wakulla County)