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Healthy Start Program

Healthy Start is a free program that offers education and resources to pregnant women and children up to 3 years old. One of the services offered is the Beds 4 Babies Project. This project is to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The project offers safe sleep information and a portable crib to eligible families. Families must live in Highlands County to receive a crib. Services offered to pregnant women and infants include:

Prenatal Services

  • Home visits
  • Tips on healthy eating
  • Assistance with Medicaid
  • Help quitting smoking
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Parenting education
  • Family Planning
  • Coordination of other community services

Infant Care Services

  • Home visits
  • Car seat safety
  • Child growth & development
  • How to care for your infant
  • Safe sleep education
  • Water safety
  • Information on how to choose a safe caregiver
  • How to soothe a crying baby
  • Information on immunizations
  • Coordination of other community services

Healthy Start also offers services for Interconception Care. Interconception is the time between the end of one pregnancy and the beginning of the next one.

  • Home visits
  • Referrals to counseling services, including grief support
  • Tips on healthy eating
  • Family planning
  • Help quitting smoking
  • How to stay healthy before your next pregnancy
  • Coordination of other community services

Women who are pregnant can ask their health care provider for a Healthy Start Screening Form. Parents who are looking for infant services can ask the doctor, nurse, hospital staff, birthing center, or midwife for a Healthy Start Infant Screen. Remember, this program is at no cost for you or your baby.

For more information on Healthy Start services in Highlands County, call 863.382.2138.