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Press Release: Healthy Start Coalition Receives $30,000 Grant from the Bank of America Client Foundation to support Save My Life Program

save-my-life-logo-reduxHealthy Start Coalition Receives $30,000 Grant from the Bank of America Client Foundation to support Save My Life Program

Sarasota, FL – The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc. was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Bank of America Client Foundation’s Frederic W. and Margaret D. Kurtz Fund to continue their work reducing Racial Disparities during pregnancy and after birth via the Save My Life Program.

Created in 2006 in response to the alarming racial disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes, the Save My Life Program was designed to address the significantly higher rates of fetal and infant death experience among the African-American community. The Save My Life Program offers culturally relevant education about a variety of health and pregnancy related topics on a one-to-one or small group basis. The Program provides the tools and information women need to have healthy pregnancies, healthy children, and become healthy themselves.

Free classes are available at various locations throughout the Newtown and North Sarasota areas and cover topics such as childbirth education, breastfeeding, nutrition, safe sleep, preconception and interconception health, smoking cessation, and more. Save My Life also offers free one-on-one breastfeeding support after the birth of the baby, increasing the likelihood that nursing will continue allowing babies to get the right balance of nutrients, immune protection, and bonding to help them get a healthy start.

“The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County is grateful to the Bank of America Client Foundation for the renewal of this grant,” says Executive Director, Shon Ewens. “The Save My Life Program is an essential part of the Newtown Community. Without this funding, we wouldn’t be able to ensure that these important services are available to moms and babies that need them.”

The Save My Life Program reaches about a hundred pregnant women, new mothers, and women of childbearing age each year. For more information about the program and all of The Healthy Start Coalition’s services, please visit healthystartsarastoa.org.

Please call for more information, quotes, or client stories.


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World Breastfeeding Week – Door/Window/Office Decorating Contest!

HSC-WBW-Web Birthways3World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year on August 1-7th in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Click here to sign up! 

To celebrate, the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County and the Breastfeeding Advocates of Sarasota County are continuing our fabulous Decorating Contest. After submitting the entry form (available here), decorate any public space (door, window, bulletin board, etc.) with a message that promotes or supports breastfeeding. This decoration must be displayed at minimum from August 1-7 but you are welcome (and encouraged!) to display it throughout the month of August. Submit photos with a brief explanation of your entry to Jamee.thumm@healthystartsarasota.org by August 5th.
WBWDDWebThe coveted “Golden Nipple” Award will be presented for the best entry in a category. Past awards include: Most Educational, Best Use of Humor, Most Beautiful, Creative Use of Materials, Best Use of Cultural Diversity, Best Use of Theme, and MORE!
Winners will be announced the week of August 10th.
Sponsored by the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County and the Breastfeeding Advocates of Sarasota County.
For previous year entries click here.
For more information, please contact us at 941-373-7070 or Jamee.thumm@healthystartsarasota.org.

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Can Healthy Start help you?

Tara Tomlinson PhotographyCongratulations on your pregnancy or new baby!

Healthy Start is here to provide professional, confidential services to help you and your baby, at no cost to you.

At your first prenatal visit, you will be given a Healthy Start screening form. Even if you are not referred to Healthy Start by your doctor, midwife, or birthing center, you and your baby may still be eligible for free classes and services.

If you live in Sarasota County and are pregnant or have a baby under 3 years old, you may be eligible for Healthy Start.

Some of the services available are:

  • Childbirth Education
  • Breastfeeding Education and Support
  • Parenting Education
  • Infant & Child CPR
  • Support for Quitting Smoking
  • Counseling / Therapy
  • Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga
  • Developmental Screenings
  • Referrals to Community Resources
  • And more!

Healthy-Start-Program-LogoCall us today to learn more!

  • Healthy Start Program: (941) 861-2905
  • Healthy Start Coalition: (941) 373-7070
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New Partnership: Walgreen’s Preconception Health Project

10543763_10154349390805484_2067223444_nWe are excited to announce our new partnership with local Walgreen’s stores! Starting July 1st, Walgreen’s customers shopping for Pregnancy Tests will also be offered free informative hand-outs about prenatal and preconception health topics, with information from the CDC’s “Show Your Love” Pre- and Interconception Health Campaign.

Topics on the hand-out include:

  • Making a plan – whether to prevent a future pregnancy or get as healthy as possible for your “baby-to-be”
  • Eating Healthy Foods
  • Being Active and Exercising
  • Taking Folic Acid Daily
  • Reducing Stress
  • Protecting yourself from STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and other Infections
  • Avoiding Harmful Substances
  • Talking to your doctor about health conditions and other healthy behaviors

The hand-outs are currently available at two Walgreen’s stores: the intersections of Lockwood Ridge and University Parkway, and Lockwood Ridge and 17th Street in Sarasota. We hope to eventualy offer them in all Sarasota County stores.

We are grateful to Walgreen’s for this fantastic opportunity. This is a great way to reach pregnant women and women of childbearing age at a crucial time to promote healthier pregnancies and pregnancy planning.


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Welcome to our Blog!

931238_10151608524156407_1665736860_nWelcome to the official blog of the Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County! Here you will find posts about our events, local initiatives, and information about important pregnancy and infant health topics.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for posts, please contact us below!

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Are you pregnant?

Just found out you’re pregnant? Learn what you can do now to have a healthy baby:

  • iStock_000007096555XSmallCall a prenatal care provider now to schedule your first prenatal care appointment.
  • If you need help paying for prenatal care, apply for Pregnancy Medicaid as soon as possible.
  • The first three months your baby is growing are very important. Make sure to take prenatal vitamins, including 400 mcg of folic acid daily. It is available at any drug store. (It is best to start taking 400 mcg of folic acid six months prior to pregnancy.)
  • If you smoke, now is the time to quit!  If you need help quitting, call the Healthy Start Program at (941) 861-2905, or call the Florida Quit-Line at 1-877-822-6669.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. There is no  “safe” amount of alcohol during pregnancy.
  • If you are taking prescription drugs, contact your doctor immediately to make sure they are safe for your baby.
  • Visit our Pregnancy Resource Center at 1750 17th Street, Building A, in Sarasota from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, for information to help give your baby the best chance for a healthy start in life.
If You Need Help With: Call:
Applying for a Sarasota County Health Department Clinic Card • Eligibility Staff, SCHD, (941) 861-2900
Pregnancy Medicaid www.myflorida.com/accessflorida
• MomCare, (941) 373-7070, x305
Becoming more healthy during pregnancy • Your Prenatal Care Provider
• Pregnancy Resource Center (1750 17th Street, Building A, Sarasota, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
• Healthy Start Program, (941) 861-2905
Free pregnancy test •  Sarasota County Health Department, Birthways Family Birth Center, Sarasota Pregnancy Center

Prenatal Care Providers in Sarasota County

Area code for all numbers is 941


At Sarasota Memorial Hospital (Sarasota County):

Bee Ridge Obstetrics & Gynecology, 3920 Bee RidgeRd., Bldg. B, Suite. B, Sarasota,34233, 921-5302**
Women’s Care Specialists, 1921 Waldemere Street, Suite 802, Sarasota, 34239, 917-7888***
OB & GYN Specialists, Inc., 1921 Waldemere Street, Suite 307, Sarasota, 34239, 917-8561**
Department of Health Sarasota County, 2200 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, 34237, 861-2878*
South County Family Health Center, 6950 Outreach Way, North Port, 34287, 861-3820*
Associates in Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2439 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, 34239, 955-8076**
Gulf Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1950 Arlington St., Suite 203, Sarasota, 34239, 379-6331**
University Park Obstetrics & Gynecology, University Health Park Bldg 1, 2401 University Pkwy, Unit 201, Sarasota, 34243, 359-8300

At Bay Front Health Hospital (Charlotte County):

Comprehensive Women’s Clinic, 15061 Tamiami Trail, North Port, 34287, 423-5035**



Birthways Family Birth Center, 4222 McIntosh Lane, Sarasota. 34232, 366-BABY*
Cathy Matthews Home Birth Services, 4944 Midnight Lane, Sarasota, 34235, 351-2102*
Rosemary Birthing Home, 800 Central Avenue, Sarasota, 34236, 330-9966*
LifeSong Midwifery, 5857 Babian Rd., North Port, 34291, 441-6410*


All providers accept private insurance or cash. See stars for those who accept Medicaid.
*Accepts temporary and full Medicaid
** Accepts full Medicaid
*** Does not accept Medicaid

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