THE FIRST YEARS
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
Our classes are free and geared to providing a safe space for you to learn and ask questions. RSVP online and attend at our office in mid-Vero to meet others, learn new tips and enjoy a healthy, happy pregnancy. Upcoming classes are listed as follows.
Medical + Immunizations
Development + Milestones
Health + Emotional Management
Nutrition + Feeding
Playgroups + Peer Support
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
PERKINS MEDICAL SUPPLY: (772) 569-3797
BAILEY PHARMACY & MEDICAL SUPPLY: (772) 226-7700
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