Nurse Family Partnership ~ Helping First-Time Parents Succeed
The Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary program and a FREE service to help you and your child begin a healthy life. One of the most important things you can do is get prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant.
Taking good care of yourself, preparing for childbirth and then caring for your new baby will be challenging! It is also the most important and satisfying work you will ever do.
The Nurse-Family Partnership Program Nurse home visitors are specially trained Registered Nurses who provide positive support and education to you to help you be the best parent you can be. Families who are eligible receive:
Home visits during your pregnancy and through your child's second birthday.
You may qualify if you:
- Answers to your questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery
- Information about your child's care and development
- Support for family needs and links to community resources
are expecting your first child and have a limited income. Proven Success The Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time parents succeed.
Families develop confidence and skills for parenting and economic self-sufficiency by volunteering to work with a nurse home visitor from this proven program. Specialized nurses visit families regularly during 2-1/2 year period, beginning in pregnancy. The Nurse-Family Partnership achieves its goal by focusing on three clear objectives:
- Fostering healthier pregnancies.
Nurses help new mothers-to-be improve their diet and nutrition, utilize proper obstetrical care, and avoid the use of tobacco and other harmful substances.
- Improving the health and development of children.
First-time parents learn how to provide responsible and competent care, particularly in the areas of children's physical and emotional health and safety. Nurses help parents build a strong support network of family and friends.
- Encouraging self-sufficiency.
Together, nurses and parents create a vision for the future that includes a plan for future pregnancies, steps toward continuing education, and securing adequate employment.
More than 20 years of research from three scientifically-controlled studies demonstrate the Nurse-Family Partnership's power in helping diverse families succeed. This research, reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals some of the strongest results of any preventive health intervention in the world. Compared to counterparts in a control group, low-income, unmarried women in Elmira, New York, marked these successes 13 years after the program ended:
- 79% fewer cases of child abuse and neglect
- 33% fewer subsequent pregnancies
- 30 fewer months on welfare
- 69% fewer arrests among mothers
- 79% fewer convictions among mothers
- 54% fewer arrests among 15-year-olds
- 69% fewer convictions and probation violations among 15-year-olds
- 58% fewer sexual partners among 15-year-olds
- 28% fewer cigarettes smoked
- 51% fewer days consuming alcohol among 15-year-olds
- $4 saved for every $1 invested (1996 dollars)
While similar programs exist, the Nurse-Family Partnership remains a premier program because of these unique components:
For more information or to sign up: Ask for "The Nurse-Family Partnership Program" 970-824-8233 or 970-879-1632
- Unsurpassed evidence of effectiveness
- Focus on low-income, first-time parents
- Nurse home visitors receive specialized training and master clinical guidelines
- Nurses help parents realize their strengths and set attainable goals
- Program spans the prenatal period through the child's second birthday
- Culturally competent program is run by local organizations
- Built-in evaluation provides data to assure quality at the local level