Happy Friday, Healthy Starters!


Our annual Dancing with the Martin Stars event is coming up quickly! Next week, our Star Dancers will be able to showcase their talents and hard work to their supporters! Theater tickets have SOLD OUT, but continue reading to see how you can watch the event live. Thank you to everyone who has already purchased their tickets, your support is greatly appreciated!

Registration for our 7th annual Madison's Miracle Remembrance Walk is open! Mark your calendars for October 21st! We are looking forward to another great event and welcome families to create teams!

Healthy Start had the pleasure of welcoming Jennie Joseph as the keynote speaker for our community. Jennie Joseph is a certified midwife and founder of Common Sense Childbirth, INC. It was a wonderful, eye-opening experience to hear about her experiences and discuss the importance of putting women and babies first.

Football season is upon us! Our Fatherhood Initiative is hosting a watch party for the Miami Dolphins game on October 1st! Find more information below.

Lastly, be sure to check out our Strong Like A Mother group and diaper schedule at the end of this email. Enjoy the rest of your month and we hope to see you soon!




Sam Suffich and your friends at MC Healthy Start

Dancing With The Martin Stars: Let The Countdown Begin!

It's official! Theater tickets to support Martin County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc. are SOLD OUT, but don't worry!

Livestream tickets are now available! You can enjoy this year's show from the comfort of your own home, or enjoy the event at Hudsons on the River for free! If you decide to watch the show at Hudson's, no need to purchase a ticket (although our Star Dancers appreciate all the extra support), just show up ready to have an AMAZING time!

Get your tickets here & be sure to pick your favorite star dancer to support when purchasing.

Special thank you for Hudsons on the River for once again hosting this amazing event! Cheers to being less than 2 weeks out!

Join Us In Honoring All Babies Gone Too Soon

Our 7th Annual Remembrance Walk & 5K in recognition of Madison's Miracles is just 5 weeks out! We are honored to recognize all babies gone too soon and look forward to an amazing race this year. Visit the link or scan the QR Code to register!

Healthy Start’s Maternal Health Conference Welcomes National Health Advocate Jennie Joseph 

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition staff, doulas, and Jennie Joseph

Samantha Suffich, CEO, Jennie Joseph, and Anastasia Anderson, Perinatal Equity Manager

Stuart, Fla. - Jennie Joseph, certified midwife and founder of Common Sense Childbirth Inc., is celebrated for her advocacy and common sense on issues affecting healthy pregnancies, healthy deliveries and healthy babies. In 2022, she earned a spot as one of TIME Magazine’s top 12 women of the year for her work around the world.


Joseph addressed the  Healthy Start Maternal Safety Team members and community advocates as the guest of the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition on September 8 at the Children’s Services Council of Martin County. She brought her vision for systematic reform of maternal health services that puts women and babies first - before profit, convenience or any of the reasons America trails other developed nations in healthy births.


The Maternal Safety Team grew out of concern over alarming maternal health statistics. Dr.  Jeffrey Chapa, Division Chair for OB/GYN at Cleveland Clinic Florida, noted that the United States spends more money than anyone else in the world on maternal health care and yet has the highest mortality rates of developed countries. Half of Black mothers, for example, experience morbidity – near death experiences – in giving birth.

“Money is being spent but not equally,” Chapa said. “We need to come together to look out for the best interests of our patients and the community.”

“Collaborative care saves lives” is one of Joseph’s main messages. “We need to eliminate racial disparities,” she said “but that doesn’t happen from blaming providers or caregivers and certainly not the expectant mothers themselves. The problems grow out of our acceptance of the system, even if it’s not working for the patient. We can only change that by coming together to change the system.”

Under the leadership of the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition and through funding from the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, that is exactly what the Maternal Safety Team is doing. “This came out of a lot of scary stories that we don’t want to ever happen again,” Healthy Start CEO Samantha Suffich said. “We have strong and committed community partners working with us to make sure that every baby is born healthy, every mother is supported, and every father is involved. The team members have taken Jennie Joseph’s work to heart and made it our own to make sure that moms are cared for as individuals and each woman is heard regardless of race, ethnicity, language or income.”

The Maternal Safety Team includes: Cleveland Clinic Martin, the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, the Martin County Health Department, and the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition.

Join Us For A Dad's Football Watch Party

Please join the David Cardno Fatherhood Initiative for a Sunday football watch party at the Martin County Healthy Start Administrative Office. Free food & giveaways will be featured!

Please RSVP to Drew, Director of Fatherhood Programs, at dgray@mchealthystart.org 

August Strong Like A Mother Group

Join us Saturday, September 30th at our ADMINISTRATIVE office (735 S. Colorado, Suite #110) for mom group! This month we are focusing on one of the tricky tasks: POTTY TRAINING! The Hope Center for Autism will be joining us to talk all things potty training, and bring a special expertise on potty training children with special needs. We will also be raffling a potty chair!

We will also come together to talk about resources available around the community, and begin to build a tribe to support one another! Invite your mama friends & partners are welcome & encouraged!

Lap-aged children are welcome! Please register here and share with a friend!

August Diaper Schedule

Horarios de pañales de augusto

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