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Congratulations parents and parents-to-be!  Becoming a parent is one of the most joyful experiences in life. Your growing baby depends on you to keep him/her healthy and safe.
We have put together a list of resources to help you and the father of your baby have a sense of calm and learning experience.

Before leaving the hospital…

Before leaving the hospital or birthing facility, make sure your healthcare provider completes a Healthy Start infant screen on your baby.  The newborn screening checks for serious but rare health conditions at birth. It includes blood, hearing and heart screening.

Caring for your baby at home… 

Learn the basics of taking care of your baby (March of Dimes Website). Please click on the following topics (highlighted in blue) for more information.

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Caring for your health after the birth of your baby…

Your body changed a lot during pregnancy and now that your baby is born, your body will start changing again. We hope this information helps you understand what is or will be taking part during the first six weeks after giving birth and why is your “postpartum health check-up” important.  It is normal to feel some discomfort, like soreness and fatigue. However, other discomforts and health problems may be a sign that you need medical care.

Some health problems women may have after giving birth, may include:

Please click here to learn about the warning signs that should be reported to your health care provider immediately! 


Know the difference between “Postpartum Blues (also known as Baby Bluesand Postpartum Depression..

Baby Blues… many women have the baby blues in the days after childbirth. If you have the baby blues, you may:
  • Have mood swings
  • Feel sad, anxious, or overwhelmed
  • Have crying spells
  • Lose your  appetite
  • Have trouble sleeping

The baby blues most often go away within a few days or a week. The symptoms are not severe and do not need treatment.

Postpartum Depression…

The symptoms of postpartum depression last longer and are more severe. Postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after childbirth. If you have postpartum depression, you may have any of the symptoms of depression listed above. Symptoms may also include:

  • Thoughts of hurting the baby
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself
  • Not having any interest in the baby

If you have any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately!  Postpartum depression needs to be treated by a doctor.


Planning your next pregnancy… click on pictures below to learn more.

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant there are steps you can take for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The healthier you are, the better chance you have of your baby being born healthy. For more information visit Florida Department of Health website at:

A Healthy pregnancy begins before you get pregnant.  Here are some tips for you.

For more information, visit March of Dimes website – or talk to your health care provider.

Pregnant? No health insurance? 

If you are pregnant or planning your first or next pregnancy and have no health insurance.

Apply for Pregnancy Medicaid online at  

If you need assistance how to apply, visit a local ACCESS FL community partner. To find a partner, click o the ACESS logo below:

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