County Health Departments

  • If you live in Leon County, call (850) 488-0288, Ext. 106 to speak to someone about the Healthy Start program.
  • If you live in Wakulla County, call the Wakulla County Health Department (850) 926-0400 to speak to someone about the Healthy Start Program.



Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and healthy things a mom can do for her baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends “exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with the continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.”

At Healthy Start, we provide breastfeeding education and support free of charge. This is an opportunity to learn hunger cues, correct latching if your baby has gotten enough, and more.


For a list of Prenatal Care Providers in Tallahassee

During your first prenatal appointment, your doctor will offer you a Prenatal Risk Screen. This screen will allow you and your doctor to work together to address any risks that could impact your pregnancy and the birth of your child.

When you give birth, you will also be offered the Infant Risk Screen. This is another assessment to determine if your little one has any risks that could impact their healthy development. We encourage all families to complete both screens. You will also have the option of joining the Healthy Start program.

To see the Prenatal and Infant Risk Screens, click on the following:

Birthing Facilities in Tallahassee:

  • Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare- Women’s Pavilion
    • (850)431-0200
  • Capital Regional Medical Center
    • (850)325-5000
  • The Birth Cottage
    • (850)681-6969

For more information on health and diet matters:

  • For information on the importance of folic acid while pregnant, click here.
  • For the top nutrients you need in your daily meals, click here.


Big Bend Hospice


Compassionate Friends of Tallahassee


Lee’s Place, Grief, and Loss Counseling Center


For a comprehensive Big Bend community resources list, click here.