“A new baby is like the beginning of all things – wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.”~ Eda J. Le Shan

Once your baby is born, an infant risk screen will be completed before your baby leaves the hospital to see if there are any risks that you should be aware of that could impact your baby’s health. If a risk is identified, you can enroll in the Healthy Start program and connect with one of our Care Coordinators. Your care coordinator will work with you and your family in whatever ways that you need. This can include walking you through how to care for a new born to assisting you with successful breastfeeding.

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)