Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership's mission is to empower first-time mothers living in poverty to successfully change their lives and the lives of their children through evidence-based nurse home visiting. The goals of the Nurse-Family Partnership program are: 1. Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances; 2. Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care; and 3. Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision fo...
Apr 3, 2015

Don't forget to honor a mom on Mother's Day!

Baby Joe
Baby Joe

Mother's Day is just over a month away!  Have you thought about how you are going to honor your mom or a mom in your life?

We have said it before, at Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) every day is Mother's Day.  We work with vulnerable new moms - before their baby is even born - to make sure they are going to be the best mom, advocate and provider they can possible be for their baby.

“I was a very young single mom and I didn’t feel prepared,” she said. “Health class in school doesn’t really prepare you.” said a young NFP mom in PA.  You can read more about her story in the March 16, 2015 article from the Times Leader, "'Health class doesn't really prepare you'... but a visiting nurse can" by Mary Therese Biebel

Your support of Nurse-Family Partnership moms not only honors and supports them, but it also honors those moms you value in your life - thank you!

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Apr 1, 2015

Helping new moms and babies when it matters most!

Baby Aaron Smiling
Baby Aaron Smiling

"When it came time to have the baby, Shirita was alone. Her mother was at the casino, her sister was not answering her cellphone, her boyfriend had disappeared months earlier, and her father she had not seen in years."

This is the opening paragraph from the March 8, 2015 New York Times Article, "Visiting Nurses, Helping Mothers on the Margins" by Sabrina Tavernise.  You can read the full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/09/health/program-that-helps-new-mothers-learn-to-be-parents-faces-broader-test.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone&_r=2

Nurse-Family Partnership works with families to improve birth outcomes, the child's health and development and the economic self-sufficiency of families.

Your support of Nurse-Family Partnership helps vulnerable new moms give their babies the best possible start in life - and we thank you! 

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Dec 30, 2014

Meet NFP Nurse - Christina

Your support helps to change the lives of families - the Nurse-Family Partnership nurses work with these families and really get a chance to see the imact.  Here's a little bit about one of our NFP nurses, Christina:

When I started as an Nurse-Family Partnership nurse home visitor and saw the scientific results in the training materials, I thought, "Okay, it looks good; but I'll believe it when I see it." Now that I've been part of the program for seven years, I know it works. I love this job. I wouldn't ever want to do anything else.

Yes, it's a hard job. But we love it because we know it's a valuable one. We don't take lightly the fact that we're working directly with people's lives. We know we have a hand in the future.

One of my moms, Charque, went into preterm labor while her boyfriend was in juvenile detention. But she's doing well now. She graduated high school; she's working and thinking about college.

But other situations are much tougher. I had one client I visited for two years, and I'll tell you, I had to physically and mentally prepare myself every time I went into her home. I just never knew what I was going to see. This young woman had fundamental physical and mental health issues, she didn't have a job, her husband worked at a donut shop, and her parents were both dead. She had no health insurance, she was smoking, the fridge was always empty, the house was a mess with toys everywhere, and she was spending all her money on toys for the baby.

But as bad as it was, I truly believe if I weren't visiting her, it would've been worse. I got her to quit smoking; I got her on a food stamp program and hooked up with a living skills specialist.

A lot of the young women I see come from homes that are really rough. Some have no positive male role models, so the first guy who comes along and shows them any attention, they think it's love, and the next thing you know, they're pregnant. They don't have anyone to talk to, and people are telling them "you ruined your life."

Well, I'm someone she can talk to. She knows I'm not judgmental; I just listen to what she has to say and try not to tell her what I would do. Of course it can be frustrating – they need to come to decisions on their own, and we back them up, whatever they decide.

You know, we not only help young girls, we're also helping their children. I run into my moms whose babies are now in kindergarten, and they tell me, "Oh, he's reading the books you brought me!" Then I know that, because they enjoy reading, they'll enjoy school – and that means they'll go further in life.

Your support makes these relationships possible and helps to change the lives of families - thank you!


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