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Nurse-Family Partnership® is dedicated to helping first time mothers of any age become successful parents. Registered nurses provide home visits while the mother is pregnant and continues until the baby is two years old. The relationship that develops between mother and nurse promotes improved prenatal and maternal health, improved child development and leads to family self-sufficiency.
In the Nurse-Family Partnership® program, baccalaureate registered nurses provide home visits to first-time, low-income mothers. Nurses begin home visits while the mother is pregnant and continue with regularly scheduled visits until the baby is two years old—totaling more than 60 visits over the course of the program.
Each visit during pregnancy covers topics to improve pregnancy outcomes, like maternal health and avoiding harmful substances. After the baby is born, topics include everything from bonding and child health to developing personal goals and aspirations. The relationship between the nurse and client is one of the key components of NFP.
By improving pregnancy outcomes, teaching mothers to provide competent care to their child, and to plan for their future, NFP improves the quality of life for mothers and babies so they grow up happy and healthy.
NFP helps first-time moms to:
The NFP program improves pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in preventive health practices, including obtaining thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diet, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances.
NFP also improves child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care for their children and improves the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents to develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.
Mothers and children who have participated in the program have consistently demonstrated significantly improved prenatal health, fewer subsequent pregnancies, increased maternal employment, improved child school readiness, reduced involvement in crime, and less likelihood of child abuse, neglect and injuries.
In FY 2018, 301 mothers and 246 children were served in The Children’s Shelter’s Nurse-Family Partnership® Program.
“My nurse gave me the extra bit of confidence to acknowledge that continuing school would be beneficial to me.”
– “Gabriela” 18 year-old mom
“My nurse helped me set goals and made me see that I could do so many other things. I could be there for my child and have my life as well.”
– “Vanessa” 19 year-old mom
“My nurse changed my life because I felt alone and she was there to teach me”
– Recent graduate
“My experience with NFP has been amazing. I would not be the awesome mother I am today without all of the time and effort put in by NFP and my nurse. I love this program and everything it stands for.”
– Recent graduate
“You have built me into a strong mama.”
– “Joannie,” a recent graduate
NFP is a free program, open to low-income women who are pregnant with their first child. Interested women must register before the 28th week of pregnancy.
For more information, please contact:
Gloria Villarreal (210)-212-2534, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nurse-Family Partnership program is funded in part by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.