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Healthy Baby Resources

As part of our Palmetto Healthy Start program, we have put together some helpful information for expecting moms.

As an expecting mom, you should begin prenatal care as early as possible. A doctor will begin by reviewing your health history including any past pregnancies and their outcomes. You should be asked about any risk factors that could negatively impact the outcome of the pregnancy such as smoking or alcohol consumption.

There also should be a complete physical examination to identify any potential physical problems or risk factors and to estimate the delivery date. How frequently you return to your doctor for checkups should be determined by your individual needs and risk assessment.

Fatherhood Initiative
Palmetto Healthy Start's Fatherhood Initiative serves expecting fathers. Using a holistic approach, the program offers parenting classes that emphasize the importance of a father's role in his child's life. Fathers play a vital role in the development of children. Children gain social, cognitive and physical development from their fathers. The Fatherhood Initiative offers support to participants who may be dealing with serious issues. The group provides a safe, positive atmosphere that promotes self-sufficiency and confidence.

Parenting Support Group 
Becoming a parent is one of the richest, most satisfying experiences in life. It is the most important job you will ever have and, like most jobs, it requires a lot of on-the-job training. It is also important to find time for yourself. 

Major changes in our lives can be hard to handle–especially if we feel alone and confused. Dealing with life's responsibilities, relationships and maybe even a child can be difficult. You may receive conflicting information about how you should manage yourself and your child. Sometimes you don't know where to turn for answers to your questions. You feel alone and overwhelmed. If you find yourself in this situation then the Parenting Support Group program can help.

Please contact Palmetto Healthy Start at 803-296-3780 for more information.

Helpful Links:

Government Agencies

Non-Profit Agencies

  • Palmetto Health - Palmetto Health is a Columbia, South Carolina nonprofit public benefit corporation consisting of Palmetto Health Richland, Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.
  • Palmetto Health Teen Talk - Palmetto Health recognizes that being a teen can be a challenging time in life. Teens are faced with many difficult decisions. We want to give you the information you need to help you make good choices toward a bright future.
  • Richland County First Steps - Richland County First Steps is a state-funded, county-directed effort to improve the educational readiness of children entering the first grade.
  • Low Country Healthy Start - A sister South Carolina Healthy Start local project, serving Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton, and Orangeburg counties.
  • Pee Dee Healthy Start - A sister South Carolina Healthy Start local project, serving Chesterfield, Darlington, Marion, and Williamsburg counties. 
  • Healthy Families America - Healthy Families America is a national program model designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start.

Health Advice

  • The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Children (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) - Working with the doctor, nurse, or other health care provider to keep your child well is as important as getting treatment when he or she is sick. This revised guide briefly explains preventive care for children—such as checkup visits, immunizations, and tests and exams—and provides guidance on related issues.

  • How to Give Medicine to Children (Food and Drug Administration)

  • Medical Care for Your 2-3 Year Old 

  • Medical Care for Your 4-5 Year Old

  • Medical Care for Your 6-12 Year Old - (Nemours Foundation) Regular well-child examinations by your child's doctor are essential to keep your child healthy and up-to-date with immunizations against many dangerous childhood diseases. A checkup also gives your child's doctor an opportunity to talk to you about developmental and safety issues and gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your child's overall health.