Healthy Start Program

The Orange County Healthy Start Program offers evidence-based education, care coordination, and referrals to pregnant women and infants in order to ensure healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

What is ​Healthy Start?

Learn more about Healthy Start, such as how to enroll and the service we offer.

There is no cost for Healthy Start services, and they are based on risk and need, not income or insurance. By filling out the Healthy Start questionnaire, you are improving the likelihood of your baby getting a healthy start in life.

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Program Overview

A Healthy Start begins at your first prenatal care visit at the doctor's office and/or at the hospital or birthing facility after delivery. Local obstetricians, midwives, and hospital staff administer the Florida Universal Prenatal Screen, which is a simple questionnaire. The purpose of the screening form is to identify risks that could affect your pregnancy or child's first years. The answers you give to the questions on the screening form will determine whether you or your baby qualify for the special Healthy Start services. Ask your healthcare provider and/or birthing facility about your free and confidential Healthy Start screening.

Healthy start provides a variety of services to help women have a healthy baby, including:​

  • Pregnancy and baby care education
  • Breastfeeding education
  • Childbirth classes
  • Counseling help to stop smoking
  • House calls by health professionals
  • Nutrition education
  • Mental health counseling
  • ​Referrals to other agencies