Prenatal Healthy Start Services

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Healthy Start offers pregnant women assistance in finding services that can help them have a healthy baby (i.e. home visits, childbirth education/preparation, parenting education and support, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, and breastfeeding education). Services are tailored to a woman based on her needs. The Healthy Start screen is a short questionnaire provided at the first prenatal care visit to the doctor. It is available to all women and services can continue for newborn babies through the age of 1. Healthy Start is a free and voluntary program. If a woman would like to enroll in Healthy Start, she should ask her doctor or healthcare provider.

Service Providers

Locally, the county health departments (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns); UF Health/Shands Jacksonville; Children’s Home Society; and Gateway Community Services receive funding to provide Healthy Start services.

Services Provided

  • Personal support staff
  • Home visits
  • Information and referral
  • Parenting education and support
  • Childbirth preparation
  • Help and information on:
    • Breastfeeding
    • Reducing stress
    • Quitting smoking
    • Eating healthy
    • Family planning
    • Immunizations
    • Child safety

Prenatal Healthy Start Screen

The prenatal screening form includes a series of questions about medical and social conditions, which help pinpoint a woman’s risk during pregnancy.

Complaints & Grievances

To submit a complaint or grievance about prenatal or postnatal Healthy Start services, please contact 904.723.5422 x101.