Nurse-Family Partnership begins to visit vulnerable, first-time moms during pregnancy - this is in order to work with the mom to have the healthiest pregnancy possible and to reduce the risks of preterm birth.
"Perhaps the most widespread peril children face isn't guns, swimming pools or speeding cars. Rather, scientists are suggesting that it may be "toxic stress" early in life, or even before birth." - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Article, "This Poverty Solution Starts with a Hug" January 8, 2012.
Check out the link below for the full story - your support of Nurse-Family Partnership helps to reduce the "toxic stress' in some of the highest risk families.
"There is a magic window of opportunity during pregnancy...it's a time when the desire to be a good mother - and raise a healthy, happy child - creates motivation to overcome incredible obstacles including poverty, instability or abuse with the help of a well-trained nurse." - David Olds, Ph.D., Founder, Nurse-Family Partnership
Your support of Nurse-Family Partnership means that more and more families will be able to realize this 'magic window of opportunity' to improve their lives and the lives of their children. Nurse-Family Partnership does this through improving 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; improving child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care; and improving the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.
“I am constantly moved by families’ coping with hardship that would break most of us, and with the nurses’ passionate dedication and competence in supporting families,” wrote program founder, Dr. David Olds, now a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and preventive medicine at University of Colorado, in an email.
This quote is from a great article by Fiona J. Kirk in The Daily (New York, NY) about how Nurse-Family Partnership helps to improve the lives of the families we serve. The Nurse-Family Partnership now serves more than 23,000 families in 32 states. The median age of a participating mom is 19; only 51 percent have a high school degree and 88 percent are unmarried. The families’ median household income is $13,500. Because the nurses make home visits, they can offer in-depth emotional, physical and moral support to young women who might never have had a mentor. Thank you for supporting Nurse-Family Partnership and helping impact the lives of so many!
Thanks to your donations of $7,232 of our goal of $90,000, Nurse-Familiy Partnership is expanding its services from 32 to as many as 40 states within the coming months. Nurse-Family Partnership currently serves more than 22,000 families. We expect to know exactly where and how many more vulnerable women and their kids will be served in the next few months. Your donations, coupled with federal funds from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, have made it possible for the states to expand home visitation programs like ours. In the meantime, we have installed a new online program, Efforts to Outcome, which will enable us to better serve the nurse home visitors who call on our clients. Thank you!
More than 650,000 Medicaid-eligible women give birth for the first time each year. This transition to motherhood can be particularly challenging for low-income, first-time mothers. Many are socially isolated or are experiencing severe adversity and nurse home visits can prove extremely helpful.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) serves 22,000 families in 32 states. NFP nurses focus on low-income, first-time mothers—a vulnerable population segment that sometimes has limited access to good parenting role-models. The expertise and experience that specially-trained registered nurses bring to this intervention is key in gaining the confidence of a new mother. A nurse’s expertise helps guide first-time mothers through the emotional, social and physical challenges they face as they prepare for a healthy birth. Prenatal support is the starting point, but the nurse continues to serve her client after she delivers her child, teaching parenting and life skills that foster positive growth for both mother and child.
NFP helps break the cycle of poverty—empowered, confident mothers become knowledgeable parents who are able to prepare their children for successful futures. More than 30 years of research from randomized, controlled trials conducted in three diverse settings demonstrate that when first-time mothers receive the guidance and support they need, both mother and child benefit. Examples of specific outcomes include:
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