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Did you find out you were pregnant and think—What Do I Do Now?

What doctor’s appointments do I need?
Who can I turn to with questions?
How am I going to pay for any of this?

Healthy Start can help.

Healthy Start is an initiative from Cobb & Douglas Public Health that supports women before, during, and after pregnancy. Our goal is to work one-on-one with pregnant women like you to address your health and social service needs and strengthen family resilience. At Healthy Start, you’ll have someone there to help you and ensure your baby is born healthy.

Healthy Start is available for any pregnant, African American woman in Cobb or Douglas counties.

Is Healthy Start for Me?

Healthy Start is a no-cost program that serves pregnant African American women, no matter their marital or economic status. The best candidates for Healthy Start are less than 28 weeks pregnant, but you are eligible at any point during your pregnancy.

Empowered to Make Healthy Choices

At Healthy Start, we want to open the door to life-changing opportunities to improve the overall health of your family. The Healthy Start program provides comprehensive, family-centered care that helps moms like you create a stable home and practice taking care of yourself, so you can care for your child.

We hope that through our guidance, you feel empowered to make the best decisions for your family and give your baby a healthy start in life.

How Can Healthy Start Make a Difference for Your Family?

Your family care coordinator wants to help you plan for your baby to thrive.

We can guide you from what to expect in childbirth to basic newborn care. We’ll go over the changes to your body and emotions during pregnancy, safe sleep strategies to reduce the risk of SIDS, physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding, and many more helpful topics that will keep your baby safe and growing on track for a healthy life.

Finding opportunities to optimize your family’s health begins with access to care.

In our program, you’ll receive general health education, personal nutrition counseling, and advice on family planning. Our registered nurse works with you to help create a plan for before and after your baby is born, set goals for your health and build lifelong habits. This includes helping you access health insurance, regular well visits, screenings for chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, and other services that can help you.

One of the most important parts of our program is the social and emotional support we give to moms so that you can plan for your child’s future.

We’ll be there to offer parenting support, encourage father/partner involvement, perform home visits, and help create a reproductive life plan. Pregnancy is a lot to handle. But at Healthy Start, you’re not alone on this journey.

Our Personal Touch Changes Lives

Healthy Start can make a difference in your pregnancy because we meet you where you are. No matter what you need, your personal care coordinator is there for one-on-one support. When we come into your home, or whatever space you feel safe in, we’re there to listen to and care for you. You’ll work with the same staff member every time, so that they can get to know you, help you determine your needs and track your progress.

Healthier Generations Fatherhood Program

As part of our efforts to strengthen families, we offer a special program for individuals who support a mom in Healthy Start. We want to prepare fathers, partners or other support figures for the mental, spiritual and emotional responsibility of being actively involved in the child’s life.

Our Healthier Generations Fatherhood program includes a 12-week course that will teach you the tools to care for the financial and emotional stability of your family. Topics will cover issues such as job training, housing assistance, self-esteem, relationship building and parenting skills. Dads meet once a week over a hot meal as we help you build a safe, strong home life for your child. We hope you’ll join us!

For more information on the Healthier Generations Fatherhood Program, email our coordinator or call 678.385.1367.

Healthier Generations Fatherhood Program

As part of our efforts to strengthen families, we offer a special program for individuals who support a mom in Healthy Start. We want to prepare fathers, partners or other support figures for the mental, spiritual and emotional responsibility of being actively involved in the child’s life.

Our Healthier Generations Fatherhood program includes a 12-week course that will teach you the tools to care for the financial and emotional stability of your family. Topics will cover issues such as job training, housing assistance, self-esteem, relationship building and parenting skills. Dads meet once a week over a hot meal as we help you build a safe, strong home life for your child. We hope you’ll join us!

For more information on the Healthier Generations Fatherhood Program, email our coordinator or call 678.385.1367.

Why is Healthy Start So Important?

  • African American women are 3-4 times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than other races.
  • About 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented.
  • Low birth weight babies are more likely than babies with normal weight to have certain health conditions later in life. Ex. diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure
  • The risk of preterm labor and birth can be reduced by avoiding tobacco, alcohol and drug use, receiving prenatal care as soon as possible, maintaining a healthy weight before and during pregnancy, waiting at least 18 months between pregnancies.

 

Healthy moms and babies are essential to our community’s wellbeing.

Let us help you give your baby a healthy start. Complete this form and we will follow up with you within 2-3 business days or call us at 770.635.0523.

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