The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition serves over half of the approximately 750 babies born in Monroe County each year, both before and after birth. We serve women and families of all economic levels, whether they have health insurance or not. We want to help you with all your concerns related to your pregnancy, so that you can give birth to a healthy baby.

Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes

The Coalition now offers childbirth and breastfeeding classes in the Upper Keys.

Group classes will be offered in May, August and November 2020.

To sign up for the groups classes, click here. Contact us for more information.

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Healthy Start and DOH Resources


Any mom can have a condition that would put her baby at risk of being born too soon or too small.  To find out if we can help you, ask your doctor about completing a Healthy Start Screen.

Florida Department of Health has some excellent resources for pregnancy on their web site. There are videos in English, Spanish, and Creole, as well as downloadable fliers and links to other pregnancy-related resources. Click here to visit their website

Lower Keys Medical Center Childbirth Education Programs


The birth of a baby is an exciting and life-changing experience. Lower Keys Medical Center is committed to helping you during this special time through quality maternity care, and special programs and support. Their family-centered approach helps you understand as much as possible about the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. The labor support partner is strongly encouraged to attend.

Childbirth Class

This is an intense class and one of the most important of the educational series. The class will prepare you for the challenges of birth and there is no fee for the class. All expectant mothers should be at least seven months pregnant at the time of the class. Classes are offered in Key West one Saturday a month (bring a lunch or you can purchase one from our cafeteria).

Some of the topics covered are Anatomy and Physiology of Labor and Delivery, Coping Strategies for Labor & Delivery, Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding, Infant First Responder, Care at Home, Postpartum Recovery and Cesarean Birth.

You must register online at or call (305) 294-5531 Ext: 4210 to reserve your seat(s) to attend. Seating is limited.  Click here to go to the LKMC website for this class.

Newborn Support Class

Lower Keys Medical Center offers Newborn Support classes. They will offer dolls to practice on. This is very here to go to the LKMC website for this class.  



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Trying to Quit?


Being pregnant doesn't magically make quitting smoking easier. Even if women quit smoking when they're pregnant, the stress of parenting can lead some women to go back to smoking after they quit. has information to help you make the decision, when you're ready, to become and stay a smokefree mom. It also has a bunch of other information to help you and your kids live a healthier lifestyle.

Need a plan to help you quit? Download the flier at the bottom of this section to help you get started.  

SmokefreeMOM is a mobile text messaging program that provides 24/7 tips, advice, and encouragement to help pregnant women quit smoking. If you would like to sign up for SmokefreeMOM visit their web site, complete the form and click “Subscribe.”

If someone you love is trying to quit, SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service designed for adults and young adults across the United States who are trying to quit smoking. The program was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit. To sign up visit their web site, complete the form and click “Subscribe.”

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Online Resources

Medication & Other Exposures During Pregnancy. MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, is dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Talk directly to the experts behind the most up-to-date research!

Their Fact Sheet tab is filled with great fact sheets on the effects of Medications, Herbal Products, Infections and Vaccines, Maternal Medical Conditions, Illicit Substances, and Other Common Exposures like alcohol and caffeine.  You can find them here.

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait is a new public education and awareness campaign funded by the March of Dimes to raise awareness about the important development that occurs during the last few weeks of pregnancy. The aim of the campaign is to encourage women to allow labor to begin on its own if their pregnancy is healthy and dispel the myth that it’s safe to schedule a delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy without a medical need.

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