What is Healthy Start?
Healthy Start is a FREE program that provides services to families with pregnant women, infants and children up to age 3 who are at risk for poor birth outcomes and need help with healthy child development. Services include education and support in childbirth, breastfeeding, women’s health, parenting and more.
How do I participate in the Healthy Start program?
Ask your doctor, nurse or midwife for the Healthy Start Screen, which is a simple one-page set of questions to see if you could benefit from Healthy Start services. The screen is confidential and is used only to provide the best possible care for you and your baby. You can also call a local Healthy Start Care Coordinator who will help you to enroll in the program.
Is Healthy Start for babies too?
Yes. Before you go home from the hospital or birth center, ask your healthcare provider if your baby has received the Healthy Start Infant Screen. Florida law requires that all newborns be screened. This screen can uncover factors that could affect your health or the baby’s health, growth and development. If the screen shows your baby could benefit from Healthy Start services, a Healthy Start Care Coordinator will contact you.
What if I don’t need any help?
Even if you don’t think you need or want to use Healthy Start services, please complete the Healthy Start screen. Your answers will be used to help improve care for ALL moms and babies. So, say YES to the Healthy Start Screen!