A VILLAGE OF SUPPORT

Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition provides care, support and classes for every mother, every baby, every family.

Healthy Start knows that parenting is the difficult and important job. Every caregiver can use a helping hand from time to time.

We are that helping hand.

Healthy Start’s services are here to make you the best caregiver you can be. We are here for you from the moment you find out you’re pregnant providing any guidance you need.

“I would have been lost in the first days of my firstborn’s birth
without the guiding care and personal support of Healthy Start.”

Mandy, Mom of 2

WHO WE ARE

Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition’s (IRCHSC) mission is to establish and support a local system of care that optimizes the health of moms, babies and their families living in Indian River County. We accomplish this goal by focusing on the need to strengthen and enhance our system of maternal and infant care by increasing awareness of infant mortality, streamlining services to be efficient and economical, and most importantly, building partnerships among families, volunteers, and other maternal and young child advocates to collaborate on processes to improve the poor conditions in our local area experienced by our very youngest, our babies.

 

 

Healthy Start Services

As soon as you think you may be pregnant, schedule a visit with your obstetrician or health care provider. During the initial visit, ask for the Healthy Start Prenatal Risk Screen. This is a simple one-page questionnaire that is completed by you and your doctor.

By completing the prenatal and infant risk screens, you may qualify for free services that will help you develop a healthy family outcome. Healthy Start provides Care Coordinators to ASSIST you in services that mother and baby need to be happy and healthy. A lead Care Coordinator will help you or pick valuable services.

A Care Coordination Team (CCT) member is trained to guide and support your family through the challenges of pregnancy and your infant’s first-year experience. A member of the CCT will be available to visit your home or phone. CCT members have the latest access to medical information regarding pregnancy, infants and parenting.

Services:

  • Importance of prenatal care, self care
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Nutritional support
  • Childbirth education
  • Help to quit smoking (and household members)
  • Education after baby is born, Family planning and women care
  • Connections to other services in community
Babies & Beyond

As soon as you think you may be pregnant, schedule a visit with your obstetrician or health care provider. During the initial visit, ask for the Healthy Start Prenatal Risk Screen. This is a simple one-page questionnaire that is completed by you and your doctor.

By completing the prenatal and infant risk screens, you may qualify for free services that will help you develop a healthy family outcome. Healthy Start provides Care Coordinators to ASSIST you in services that mother and baby need to be happy and healthy. A lead Care Coordinator will help you or pick valuable services.

A Care Coordination Team (CCT) member is trained to guide and support your family through the challenges of pregnancy and your infant’s first-year experience. A member of the CCT will be available to visit your home or phone. CCT members have the latest access to medical information regarding pregnancy, infants and parenting.

This program focuses on engaging, educating, and empowering Indian River County mothers and fathers, helping them to feel more prepared, confident and have healthier pregnancies.

 Services:

  • Free ‘Beautiful’ month-to-month pregnancy book
  • Mom groups sharing and support
  •  Childbirth education/ Also available online
  •  Breastfeeding education

Services:

  • Importance of prenatal care, self care
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Nutritional support
  • Childbirth education
  • Help to quit smoking (and household members)
  • Education after baby is born, Family planning and women care
  • Connections to other services in community
Parents As Teachers

Parents as Teachers focuses on helping ALL children learn, grow and develop to their full potential. That means providing the information, support and encouragement that all parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. Our goal is to help parents engage with their children in ways that lead to a lifetime of good health, educational achievement and future successes. Every year, thousands of families around the world benefit from engagement with parent educators who are trained and mentored.

Services: 

  • Support parent groups
  • Increase Parent Knowledge of early childhood development and build stronger attachment between child and caregiver
  • Provide early detection and developmental delays and health issues
  • Increase children’s school readiness and success
  • Prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Initial engagement through Healthy Start prenatal risk program
  • Provide model affiliates with highest level of support to ensure successful outcomes

Contact:

772-492-3373

parentsasteachers.org

Momcare

MomCare will help you have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. It is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health and Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

A MomCare advisor is waiting to help you during your pregnancy. Your advisor will all with you and assist you in getting your medical care and series you need. Your MCA will work closely with your doctor or midwife and arrange services you may need such as classes or counseling. Your advisor will also help if you need to change doctors or midwives.

Services:

  • Help you find a doctor of midwife
  • Help you get into WIV (Women, Infant and Children’s) Nutrition program
  • Help you find a doctor for your baby
  • Help you get other prenatal services like classes, counseling or help from other agencies

 

Contact:
MomCare Advisor (772) 492-3373

Mission

Establish and support a local system of care that
optimizes the health of moms, babies and their families
living in Indian River County

Vision

To see every infant has the  opportunity for good health
and positive early learning experiences that unfold
within strong family relationships

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Pregnant mothers touched by IRCHSC in Indian River County

ENCOUNTERS of EDUCATION AND HEALTH with mothers and new families in 2016

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Improved parenting practices, relationships and family interactions

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