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 visio...
Dec 29, 2015

Nurse-Family Partnership builds strong communities

Carmen, age 2
Carmen, age 2

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) builds strong families and also “helps us to build a strong community for the future.” says Ann Stehn, director of the Kandiyohi County Minnesota Health and Human Services Department.  Ann oversees the NFP program in Kandiyohi County Minnesota and they just held their first graduation!

Alexis, a Nurse-Family Partnership mom and her daughter Carmen are part of the first group of families to graduate from this Minnesota NFP program and she and her nurse, Lois share a little bit of their story in Minnesota (see link to article below.)

“I didn’t know what I was doing. I was five months pregnant and I didn’t know what to do,” Alexis said. “I was scared.”

Alexis is not alone, NFP is serving more than 31,000 families, like Alexis and Carmen, throughout the United States and growing.  Your support helps to make these stories happen and on behalf of Nurse-Family Partnership and our families we thank you for helping bring this evidence-based intervention to so many.

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Dec 29, 2015

A touching good-bye

NFP mom Kamilah and son Jeyson
NFP mom Kamilah and son Jeyson

Nurse-Family Partnership moms are inspired by their nurses and the support they receive. After the two and a half years end, many moms have a hard time saying goodbye. That was just the case for Nurse-Family Partnership graduate Kamilah, but she thought of a creative way to express her appreciation to her nurse home visitor. Kamilah wrote the following poem to her nurse and read it at her NFP graduation ceremony:

Learning how to have good goodbyes...

Learning how to say goodbye is difficult to do, especially after spending over two years with you.

For all the things in motherhood I may have lacked, the nurse family partnership had my back.

You held my hand through the most important time of my life, if you didn't come bearing gifts you came with good advice.

I know I will go down in history as your most difficult client, I've been needy, moody and defiant.

I know if someone is giving you a hard time you'll be able to exercise self-restraint, for the ultimate test of your patience you have me to thank.

It was you that jumpstarted my nursing career path, I know success is all you wish for the aftermath.

I wish you touch the hearts of other mothers the way you did mine, I will carry the knowledge you gave me until the end of time.

I'd like to extend a tremendous thank you for all of you involved, you guys that made this program so first-time mothers could grow, mature and evolve.

They say goodbyes are for people you'll never see again, and that you're not supposed to go too long without seeing a good friend.

Thank you for the hand you had in making my child's life that much greater, this isn't a goodbye it's an "I'll see you later."

 

Your support of Nurse-Family Partnership helps make futures possible for thousands of moms across the United States - healthier moms and babies, increased school readiness and increased possibilites for these families - thank you!

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Sep 28, 2015

Nurse-Family Partnership Graduation

There are moms and babies across the country who graduate from Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) all the time - this means they have worked with a NFP nurse from the time they were pregnant until their child turned two.  They worked to have a healthy pregnancy; they worked to be the best parents they could be through reading to their children, being engaged and encouraging language skills and other key developmental milestones; and they worked to become self-sufficient through becoming advocates for themselves and their children, going back to school and finding work.  Your support of NFP helps theses moms graduate and change their lives and the lives of thier children - thank you!

Following is a video created by a Nurse-Family Partnership graduate, please take a few minutes to enjoy thier story and know that you helped to make this possible (4 minutes, 52 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN-E-MnYlz8 

Thank you for helping to make stories like this possible.

 
   

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