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 birthweight. Further, these poor birth outcomes are often associated with ongoing health problems such as developmental delay, asthma, and 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.

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MomCare is a program designed to help pregnant women who are newly enrolled in Medicaid have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. A MomCare advisor will contact you and provide the following services and support:

  • Assist with navigating the Medicaid system.
  • Assist with selecting a prenatal care provider for early and continuous prenatal health care.
  • Assist with identifying a pediatrician or family practice provider who will see their baby after birth and for all newborn care medical needs.
  • Provides information about the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition services and how to enroll in WIC.
  • Explains the benefits of the Healthy Start program and how to enroll.
  • Answers questions about the prenatal care process.
  • Provides referral information for other community resources as needed.

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:

850-488-0288, ext. 106 (Leon County) or 850-926-0400 (Wakulla County)