Babies and beyond, IRC Healthy Start Coalition is here to help you now that your little one is here and home. Our Healthy Start Nurse will be coming to your bedside to arrange an appointment for your home visit. This is a new program and something that every mother in Indian River County receives as part of their care. When the nurse comes to your home, she will be there to answer any question you have and will do a well-check on the baby and you.

Feeling blue and don’t know what to do? Tired mommies can feel stressed and overwhelmed. Call us, we’re here to answer any questions, provide support and give you confidence to be the best parent you can be.

After you have that first few weeks under your belt and are looking for activities, Healthy Start has many collaborative partners that offer play groups. These groups are a great way to get peer support from other caregivers as well as learn strategies to help build your baby’s brain.


“Help without judgement. It was such a relief to have a place to turn
when I was overwhelmed during pregnancy. “

Sarah, Mom of 3



Let's discus signs of labor and birthing your baby!  Planning and preparation for the big day will alleviate anxiety and contribute to a more positive birth experience. We will highlight the important role of a support person, practice breathing, and more.  This is intended to be a 2-part series.  Support persons are encouraged to attend!

From informed decision-making, interventions, and pain management options to positions and breathing practice...This class will help you prepare! 


Join us in this HypnoBirthing series where we will emphasize natural childbith and teach self-hypnosis techniques to combat fear and pain during labor and beyond. The series consists of 4 classes, each lasting approximately 2-hours. Support persons are encouraged to attend! For comfort and relaxation, please bring a towel or yoga mat and dress comfortably! 

Let's discuss and practice the fundamentals of getting breastfeeding off to a great start! A great class to learn all about breastfeeding and responding to your baby's cues. Discover some great local resources and even practice with some baby dolls ... It's fun and full of information. A must do! 



Mon 21

Breastfeeding & your baby’s cues

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon 28

Working and Breastfeeding? Making it work!!

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Nov 04

Breastfeeding & your baby’s cues

November 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Nov 06

2nd or 3rd Trimester: HypnoBirthing Series

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nov 18

Working and Breastfeeding? Making it work!!

November 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


To enroll in our Doula Services program,

please contact Stacey Washburn at (772) 205 - 4023.




Local Breastfeeding and Pumping Resources


BABIES AND BEYOND (formerly TLC NEWBORN): (772) 563-4311, ext. 1277 and 1278.  Certified lactation counselors provide free education, consultation, and support to all breastfeeding families during pregnancy and after the baby is born.  Services are offered in English and Spanish.

BREASTFEEDING HAPPY HOUR:  (772) 563-9118, ext. 115.  A great place to come together with other mothers, ask questions, and get some hands on help.  Facilitated by Linda Roberts, IBCLC. Call for details.

WIC SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM: (772) 794-7430 Provides breastfeeding education, support, and consultation.

LALECHE LEAGUE (LLL) OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY: (402) 770-5867, or  LLL provides Mother-to-Mother support via monthly meetings, web based, and phone help.


WIC: (772) 794-7430 Call local WIC office for assistance with breastfeeding and pumping.
1900 27th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

INSURANCE PROVIDERS: Call your insurance company or Medicaid provider to inquire about provision of breast pumps. Many insurance companies will provide a breast pump free of charge as part of their benefits.



General Breastfeeding Websites


Healthy Start does not necessarily endorse the above websites, but provides them as generally reputable site for a resource.

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