Navigating Stress Postpartum

Having a baby ignites a whirlwind of emotions, some happy and others not. After giving birth your hormones are unbalanced and your life is significantly different, which is why postpartum stress is so common.  Some typical symptoms of Postpartum Stress are: Mood Swings Anxiety  Difficulty sleeping Feeling constantly overwhelmed  Irritability  Excessive Crying Loss of appetite…

Child Safety Month

Did you know that September is National Child Safety Month? Whether that is safe car seat practices, safe feeding practices or even safe sleeping practices our goal at Healthy Start is to spread awareness and knowledge on keeping your baby safe.  Car Seat Safety  There are four types of car seats; rear-facing, forward-facing, booster seat…

Socializing Your Child During COVID

Throughout the pandemic, one of the main topics on parents’ minds has been how a lack of socialization during COVID can impact their child’s development. As vaccine rollouts continue and rules and regulations shift, it is time to consider the best ways to reacclimate your child to the changing world. Have Open Expectations It is…

Breastfeeding Basics

Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Month? While breastfeeding has its advantages, it can certainly be a tedious process. Breastfeeding preferences can differ from mother to mother, so it is imperative to identify the system that works best for you and your baby. Getting Started Whether your first time is a breeze or…

Hurricane Preparedness

Before and during Hurricane season, it is vital to have a preparedness plan to avoid added stress on the family, especially during pregnancy. Having a plan means mom, dad, and any other family members involved know what to do as a team before, during, and after disaster strikes. We want to ensure that pregnant women…

Children’s Home Society Partnership

As we prepare for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, we are changing the way we serve our Leon County clients. Effective July 1, our Healthy Start services will be provided through a partnership with Children’s Home Society-Big Bend Region. Current and new Healthy Start clients can call (850) 488-0288, ext. 110, with any questions or concerns.…

Culturally Competent Care

As a maternal patient, it is important to know whether your provider is focusing on delivering culturally competent, patient center care. If you are facing some of the key obstacles to care for patients in underserved populations, such as lack of transportation, employment, and physical and social environment, it can significantly affect the outcome of…

Folic Acid

Whether a woman is planning to get pregnant or not, she needs folic acid. Folic acid is a B Vitamin that our bodies use to make new cells. It is needed to produce healthy skin, hair, and nails. Folic acid is used in supplements and fortified foods such as rice, pasta, bread, and some breakfast…