Healthy Babies addresses the health and well-being of mom and baby during pregnancy and the first few months of life. Through subsidized prenatal medical care, supportive mental health services, transportation to these vital medical appointments, childbirth education, and lactation support services we are able to ensure babies are born healthy to prepared parents.
FKHSC works in partnership with local OB/GYNs who provide ten prenatal and one postpartum visits to Healthy Babies clients. Studies have shown that proper prenatal care is essential to preventing low-birth weight infants and fetal/infant mortality and morbidity. To participate in this program, you must be an active Healthy Start client.
FKHSC provides transportation for pregnant women and infants to their necessary prenatal, postpartum, and infant wellness medical appointments.
FKHSC also works in partnership with four local mental health professionals who provide counseling sessions for parents and families that are experiencing challenges related to PMAD and loss. PMAD stands for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, encompassing a wider variety of diagnoses formerly known as postpartum depression.
Virtual Breastfeeding and Childbirth Classes:
Due to COVID-19 related hospital restrictions, FKHSC launched virtual childbirth and breastfeeding classes. These classes are held quarterly.
We are currently working to add labor and postpartum doula support, which has been proven to reduce the cost of prenatal care and birth as well as improving birth outcomes and reducing incidence of PMAD challenges after babies are born. To stay up to date on this upcoming program, please fill out the info request form.
Why Healthy Babies Matters:
Through the Coalition's partnership with the Florida Department of Health - Monroe County, Healthy Start and CONNECT: Coordinated Intake and Referral programs facilitated screening and assessment of 781 pregnant women and infants in 2020-2021 to identify potential risks for poor birth outcomes and developmental delays. Intake staff assessed 552 clients and referred them to community partners to include enrollment in Healthy Start intervention services. 323 women and infants were enrolled in Healthy Start and received 12,486 units of services representing 4,404 individual intervention events.
Mental Health Program
This subsidized program works in partnership with highly trained mental health providers to assist uninsured or underinsured pregnant and postpartum families copy with PMADs and loss.
PMAD stands for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, encompassing a wider variety of diagnoses formerly known as postpartum depression. Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is passionate about having resources to address PMADs in the Keys, as it comes to the forefront of maternal and child health in our community.
We have two mental health professionals in our community who contract with the Coalition to provide individual and group counseling services for families in need of support. With one counselor covering the Lower Keys and one in the Upper Keys, no matter where you are in Monroe County we are here for you.
We are excited to announce that we are now offering in-person and virtual English and Spanish mental health support.
Tania M. Paredes, Ph. D., Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Yaiza Sanchez, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Whitney Leon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Amy Gertz, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or feel like talking to someone would be helpful, please contact our office 305-293-8424 or click here to request an initial session.
FKHSC provides transportation for pregnant women and infants to their necessary prenatal, postpartum, and infant wellness medical appointments. To request transportation help, fill out the form here.