"There is a magic window 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)
Nurse-Family Partnership’s first stated goal is improved pregnancy outcomes: healthier mothers who can deliver healthier babies.
Nurse-Family Partnership is a program of prenatal and infancy home visiting for low-income, first-time mothers and their families. The nurses begin visiting their clients as early in pregnancy as possible, helping the mother-to-be make informed choices for herself and her baby. Nurses and moms discuss a wide range of issues that affect prenatal health — from smoking cessation, to healthy diets, to information on how to access proper healthcare professionals. It’s this trusted, expert guidance that has been proven to lead to healthier pregnancies.
Among the improvements in pregnancy outcomes that have been observed in the randomized, controlled trials of the program are:
- Decreases in prenatal cigarette smoking
- Fewer hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
- Fewer closely-spaced subsequent pregnancies
Your support of Nurse-Family Partnership helps more moms in the United States to embrace this magic window of opportunity and improve both their lives and the lives of their children! Please read the attached story to get a first-hand account of the impact your support makes! Thank you!