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Healthy Start

Healthy Start Program

Are you going to have a baby? To make sure your baby has the best possible start, ask for a Healthy Start Prenatal Risk Screen on your first prenatal visit to your obstetrician and a Healthy Start Infant Risk Screen at the hospital after you deliver your baby. This screening tool may detect areas where you need additional help or support. Healthy Start can provide the extra help you may need. Eligibility is NOT based on income, it is based on NEED!

The Healthy Start Prenatal and Infant Screen is a one page questionnaire to be filled out by you and your obstetrician and delivery hospital. If you choose to participate, you can receive Healthy Start services FREE OF CHARGE.

Pregnancy and your child's first three years of life are special and important events in both of your lives. The choices you make during that time will affect your futures. To participate in Healthy Start, you must complete the screen. To qualify for Healthy Start, you need to score at least 6 points on the Healthy Start prenatal screen or at least 4 points on the Healthy Start infant screen, be referred by your doctor, or you can refer yourself into the program. A Healthy Start Care Coordinator will contact you by phone or mail once the screen has been received. Then you just need to participate to make sure your child has a HEALTHY START!

Healthy Start provides Care Coordination, Case Management, Home Visits, Nutritional Counseling, Pediatric/Postpartum Home Visits, Childbirth Classes, Smoking Cessation, Parenting Classes, Breastfeeding Classes, Infant Safety CPR and car seat safety programs.

Services provided by St. Lucie County Health Department Healthy Start are:
  • Nurse Case Management:
     Care coordination, case management, home visits and educational services by a licensed nurse for pregnant women and their infants with medical concerns. Referrals made for childbirth education classes, smoking cessation, parenting classes, breastfeeding classes, car seat safety programs, infant safety CPR, enrollment into Medicaid, WIC, prenatal care and referrals to other community services. Contraceptive follow-up also provided, if needed.
  • Teen Case Management:
     Care coordination, case management, home visits and educational services provided to teens, ages 13-18, with a positive pregnancy test. Referrals made for childbirth education classes, smoking cessation, parenting classes, breastfeeding classes, car seat safety programs, infant safety CPR, enrollment into Medicaid, WIC, prenatal care and referrals to other community services. Contraceptive follow-up also provided.
  • Nutritional Counseling Services:
    Provides nutritional counseling which includes comprehensive nutritional assessments (including breastfeeding education) and nutrition intervention planning.
  • Teen Choices:
    Offers education to teens, ages 13-18 with a negative pregnancy test, in the areas of STDs, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention, self-esteem building and forming positive relationships. An 8 series curriculum entitled BART (Becoming A Responsible Teen) is also available to groups of teens between the ages of 13-18.

For more information, contact:
Program Supervisor
(772) 462-3955
Hours: Monday–Friday 8am–5pm