|Coordinated Intake and Referral Team
Phone: (386) 238-9547
Fax: (386) 238-9348
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Healthy Start is funded by the Florida Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration. It is a short term voluntary program for parents like you who are expecting a baby or have a newborn. Healthy Start can help you and your family to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The Healthy Start program focuses on prenatal services, parental and developmental services for children from birth through age three.
The first step to entering the program is to complete a Healthy Start screen. Two Healthy Start screens are made available to you and your baby at no charge. The first is offered at your prenatal care provider’s office. The second screen is offered at the hospital after your baby is born.
The screen is a simple, one-page questionnaire that you fill out with your doctor, nurse, or midwife. Information from the screen can help you get the care, support and services you need to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The answers to these questions are strictly confidential. If you are not offered the Healthy Start screen, ask for it. Healthy Start can give you extra help and encouragement at a time when you may be feeling overwhelmed.
The Healthy Start program can help you learn more about:
- How to have a healthy pregnancy
- Prenatal medical provider options
- Fetal Development (how your unborn baby is growing)
- Bonding with your baby
Immunizations and well-baby care
- Pediatric medical provider options
- Immunizations and well-baby care schedules
Breastfeeding and nutrition
- Feeding options for you and your baby, i.e., breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding
- WIC (Women Infants & Children Program)
How your baby grows and develops
- Your baby’s progress in his or her development (developmental screenings are completed every four months)
- Activities to enhance your baby’s growth and development
- Bonding with our baby
- Circle of Parents Support Groups
- Child safety issues
Fun activities for parents and babies
- Homemade toys and other hands-on creative activities
- How to find affordable activities in the community
How to find community services for you or your family
- Resource & referral information based on your needs
- In addition to Healthy Start’s basic services, the following enhanced services are available to our Healthy Start participants:
- Breastfeeding Education and Support
- Childbirth Education
- Interconception Education and Counseling
- Parenting Education and Support
- Tobacco Education and Cessation Counseling