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…

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…

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…

What is a Healthy Start?

A healthy start can mean something different for everyone. No matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy or early parenthood, Capital Area Healthy Start can help guide your way to a healthier path for you and your baby.    The Healthy Start program offers a variety of services and support for women, babies,…

The ABC’s of Safe Sleep

Healthy Start’s mission has always been to provide needed services to local women, babies, and families. Thanks to our supporters and hardworking staff, we’ve been able to do this for over 30 years! From connecting clients with care coordinators to providing access to resources, education, supplies, or simply giving support, Healthy Start is there for…