Healthy Start

Healthy Start provides free prenatal & childbirth education, postpartum and breastfeeding support with a focus on Black parents in San Diego County. Enrolled participants may access midwifery and doula services, and other resources. Health educators (“perinatal navigators”) provide home-based visits for families from the time they are pregnant until their child is 18 months old. To achieve maximum sustainability and culturally competent services, Healthy Start also engages in perinatal workforce development, training women from underserved populations to become childbirth educators, doulas, and lactation educators.

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Healthy Start offers:

In-home childbirth education

Birth planning

Breastfeeding support

Infant care and child development education

Exploration of your health care options

Wellness checks for the whole family

Connections to midwifery and doula services

Father/partner specific education and events

Access to special events, groups, and services

Enrollment – Program Eligibility:

Must be pregnant and identify as Black, African American or a Black immigrant. Other women who qualify for WIC, MediCAL or CalFRESH may also be eligible.

Services are available in English, French, Haitain Creole, Spanish, and Somali.

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