Educational Gift Guide for Kids

Counting down the day until Christmas, but still don’t know what to get your child? Educational gifts make the perfect gift for any child in your life.  Educational gifts foster a learning environment while engaging children for longer periods of time with brain stimulating activities. Whether you give a toy, activity, book or experience you…

The Gift of a Healthy Start: Our 2021 Impact

As we enter the holiday season, we can’t help but feel fortunate to continue our work and impact the lives of pregnant women, infants and their families in Leon and Wakulla counties. In the past year we have settled into the new “norm” of a pandemic, while continuing to provide services and support for thousands…

Second-hand Smoke

Second-hand smoke is the combination of smoke from a burning cigarette and smoke exhaled by a smoker. If mom and baby are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke, it increases mom’s and baby’s risk of developing lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, allergies, asthma, and other health problems. Additionally, babies exposed to second-hand smoke might also develop reduced lung capacity and…

Smoking while Pregnant

According to the American Association for Respiratory Care, health issues can be seen in children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. Negative effects include speech processing, irritability, and varied attention levels. Cigarettes are only one product that delivers nicotine to pregnant mothers and place them at risk.  For more information on smoking while pregnant, visit https://babyandmetobaccofree.org/.

Family Friendly Halloween Fun

When children think of October they think of Halloween, candy, fun costumes and trick-or-treating! But for parents, the thought of Halloween is a little different.  Parents are always thinking about their children and their safety, especially when out trick-or-treating. At Capital Area Healthy Start we want you to have a fun, friendly and safe Halloween.…

Recognizing National Infant Loss Awareness Month

October begins Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and it is a season we commemorate each year as so many local families experience the pain of losing a pregnancy or small child.  As a way of supporting our local mothers, fathers and family members and remembering those we’ve lost, Capital Area Healthy Start is honored…

Choosing a Nanny

Before hiring a nanny, make a list of interview questions tailored to the type of care you are looking to receive for your child. Once you start your interview process, pay attention to how they interact and communicate with you, other family members, your child, or children. Do hesitate to ask hard questions and speak…