Meet Carlotta & Dakota

Sep 19, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Carlotta & DakotaCarlotta and Dakota are brand new parents, but they were prepared for the challenge with the help of a friend. Bridgers, their Nurse-Family Partnership nurse home visitor, helped them prepare for the birth of their daughter, the joys of parenthood and their next steps in life.

The Nurse-Family Partnership nurses deliver the support that moms need to have a healthy pregnancy; become knowledgeable and responsible parents; and provide their baby with the best possible start in life.

Learn more about the benefits from Carlotta & Dakota:

Every Baby. Every Day. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and all of our programs, like the Nurse-Family Partnership, provide women and their families with the support and education they need to make sure every baby has a healthy start.

Infant mortality rate declines in Northeast Florida

Sep 14, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

NIMAM_Logo_2016After remaining stagnant for two years, in 2015 the infant mortality rate dropped in Northeast Florida from 8 deaths per 1000 live births to 7.1 deaths. The fetal death rate also dropped from 2014 to 2015 (from 8.3 deaths per 1000 live births to 7.1 deaths in 2015).

Duval County, the population center of the region, continues to drive the region’s rate with 7.9 deaths per 1000 live births. From 2013- 2015, Baker County had significant fluctuations, while Clay and St. Johns counties had sizeable decreases. Rates in smaller counties can fluctuate significantly from year to year, as a few additional or less deaths impact the rate much more than larger counties.

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Significant racial disparities continue to exist: Black mothers are almost twice as likely to experience a fetal death (10.2 deaths per 1000 live births, compared to 5.4 deaths) and almost two and half times as likely to experience an infant death (11.1 deaths compared to 4.8 deaths) as white moms. This trend has been consistent over the past five years.

Duval IM MapInfant mortality rates improved in areas of Duval County where it has been historically high, (Health Zone 1), while increasing significantly elsewhere (32210 & 32218).

There were 26 sleep-related deaths in 2015. Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) are higher in Northeast Florida than the state. Bedsharing is a leading factor identified in sleep-related deaths — in 2015, bedsharing was found in 58 percent of sleep-related deaths by the medical examiner.

Meet Sharika

Sep 12, 2016  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

Sharika PasterSharika Paster is a second-time mom, but this time around she’s better equipped to eat healthy, breastfeed and more.

What’s made the difference? Sharika is enrolled in Healthy Start, a free and voluntary program that provides personalized services to make sure participants have a healthy pregnancy, baby and family.

Hear from Sharika herself about the Healthy Start benefits she has received:

Every Baby. Every Day. The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition and the Healthy Start program provide women and their families with the support and education they need to make sure every baby has a healthy start.

Safety over comfort

Sep 7, 2016  •   Written by Jerail Fennell   •  no comments

After a long busy day, dinner, and a nice warm shower, we all cannot wait to snuggle into our beds. We find our favorite pajamas to put on, the ones that hugs our bodies and cuddles us during the night. We lie down for a peaceful night’s rest.

Babies too, anticipate bedtime. They spend their days exploring the new world that they are now apart of, and after a new day’s adventure, nothing is more soothing for a baby than a good night of sleep. Unfortunately, many babies die from Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs) due to complications during their sleep.

In 2014, twenty-four babies died from SUID in the Northeast Florida region alone. Duval county, which also accounted for the most births, had the highest infant mortality rate in the region. 8.8 deaths per 1000 live births, according to the annual FIMR findings.

SUIDs often times occur because of suffocation. Having too many items in your baby’s crib, co-sleeping, laying your baby on an extra soft surface or allowing your baby to sleep on their stomachs are just some factors that play a role is SUID.

But one factor that plays a huge role, and often times goes unthought-of, is the nightwear a baby wears to sleep. When deciding what pajamas to put your newborn in for the night, comfort should only be half of your concern; safety should be the other.

It’s important to dress babies in clothing that isn’t too loose. Dressing your baby in loose fitting nightwear increases their chances of suffocating during the night. Onesies are the best option for sleep. It is important to avoid clothing that can rise up towards your baby’s face, such as loose fitting shirts or sleep blankets equipped with connected hoods. Sleepwear made of cotton is always a better choice, because it is both soft and breathable, which helps controls your baby’s body temperature throughout the night.

It is also important to note the temperature of the room in which your baby is sleeping. If the temperature in the room is below 75°, add an extra layer to your baby, such as a shirt underneath their onesie or a hat and mittens to keep warm. If it is warm inside of the room, be sure to remove a few layers as overheating can lead to suffocation as well.


What can Healthy Start do for you?

  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  no comments

DaisyAre you pregnant or a new parent? Healthy Start is a free, voluntary program that provides personalized services to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy, baby and family!

Some of the Healthy Start benefits include:

  • Support: Individualized from a dedicated care coordinator
  • Parenting: Information for moms and dads
  • Smoking: Help quitting
  • Breastfeeding: Education and encouragement to help you succeed
  • Childbirth: Information to help you prepare
  • And More!

Enroll today to get all the perks! You can access Healthy Start services by talking to your OB provider during your prenatal care visits; enrolling during the birth registration process at your delivery hospital or center; or by calling us today to complete a self-referral. Call us today at 904.723.5422.