Whether you just had a baby and need post-partum care, or you need assistance planning your next pregnancy, Healthy Start is committed to connecting you with services and resources you need between pregnancies.

Planning for future pregnancies is just as important as planning for your first pregnancy. Healthy Start follows guidelines presented by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the March of Dimes that suggest waiting at least 18 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again.

According to the March of Dimes, “pregnancies that start less than 18 months after birth are associated with delayed prenatal care and adverse birth outcomes, including preterm birth, neonatal morbidity, and low birth weight. Further, these poor birth outcomes are often associated with ongoing health problems such as developmental delay, asthma, vision and hearing loss.”

Healthy Start’s primary goal is to ensure women have healthy, full-term pregnancies. We do this by encouraging good preconception health (before pregnancy) and implementing a reproductive life plan. This is where you and your partner discuss and plan for pregnancies to ensure a healthy mom and baby.

For more information on birth spacing, visit http://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/how-long-

Connect Program

Our Connect program assists pregnant women, caregivers and families with young children by providing a one-stop entry point for needed services – click here to find out more.

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:

850-921-0772 (Leon County) or 850-926-0400 (Wakulla County)