Healthy Start begins with preconception counseling and includes prenatal care, postpartum care, delivery, infant care and targeted support services that address identified risks.
Healthy Start offers universal screening for all Florida pregnant women and infants to ensure that early care is targeted to those families where there is the best chance of preventing or minimizing adverse outcomes. During 2002, a total of 101,600 women and 147,944 infants were screened for Healthy Start.
The most prevalent risk factors among these women include whether the woman is black, unmarried, has less than a high school education, receives late or no prenatal care, or uses tobacco during pregnancy.
The range of Healthy Start services available to identified women and infants include:
- Information and referral
- Comprehensive assessment of service needs in light of family and community resources.
- Ongoing care coordination and support to assure access to needed services.
- Psychosocial, nutritional and smoking cessation counseling.
- Childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting support and education
- Home visiting
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