Healthy Start

Programs & Services

Training for Navigating Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

Healthy Start is a free program for pregnant women and both men and women caregivers with children up to 18 months of age who live in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. The program focuses on supporting and assisting families with the challenges of raising small children.

Healthy Start is a way to ensure that your child gets the healthy start on life that he or she deserves by providing individualized assistance and information specific to your needs. This includes home visitation, case management, health education, depression screening, lactation consultation for breastfeeding women, support services, and fun, family-friendly events. Parenting skills are taught with an evidence-based curriculum and mental health services either in-home or in-office are provided as needed. We know that becoming a parent brings many new questions and decisions, so Healthy Start was developed with a desire to give you the support you need, when you need it, so that you have the best chances for a healthy birth outcome and maintaining physical and mental health. It can provide information to help you better understand pregnancy, prepare for labor and delivery, and meet the challenges of parenting a newborn and toddler.

Healthy Start is a program supported in part by Project No. H49MC27810 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act).