Infant mortality is a pressing issue that not only affects our country’s health, but it’s well-being. During September, Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition recognizes Infant Mortality Awareness Month, working to promote awareness of the high infant mortality rate in our nation. To reduce this rate, we start by servicing our local community in Leon and Wakulla county.
Grieving the loss of a child is an experience no parent should have to bear. No matter how much time has passed or how recent your loss was, we understand that grieving parents need a way to cope. Healthy start aims to connect those dealing with loss while administering comfort and care during this time. Throughout the year, we actively provide support through local programs as well as hold events in which local families who have experienced loss get the opportunity to share their stories, including our upcoming Walk to Remember. United as a community, we can come together to better understand these tragedies.
Healthy Start’s goal is to help guide women on their path to a healthy pregnancy, continuing the journey into healthy child and family care. Year-round, we provide in-home services and support for those in Leon and Wakulla County, actively striving to reduce the infant mortality rate. By enrolling in Healthy Start, you are beginning the path to a healthier lifestyle for you and your baby.
Upon your first prenatal visit, we encourage women to say yes to the prenatal risk screen. This screening allows your healthcare provider to be made aware of any possible risks that could affect you or your baby. Following this, the choice is yours to enroll in Healthy Start. Our program provides education and support to foster a healthy lifestyle during and after your pregnancy at no cost. Through our Connect program, you will be referred to local programs that are ensured to best serve your needs. After enrolling, you will then be assigned your own care coordinator who will tailor our services to keep you on your path to a healthy start.
By starting your journey through parenthood with Healthy Start, you’re on your way to a healthy, full-term pregnancy and birth. Keep in mind that you can enroll at any point during your pregnancy, as well as during your child’s early life. We want to provide local families with the best start to parenthood by not only improving birth rates, but by ensuring a healthy life.