Transforming the lives of first-time moms and their babies.

By partnering first-time parents with a trusted public health nurse, Nurse-Family Partnership empowers long-lasting change.

When a young woman becomes pregnant before she's ready to take care of a child, the risk factors for the entire family escalate—often resulting in poverty, conflict, and despair. Nurse-Family Partnership intervenes with a breakthrough solution: providing low-income, first-time parents with a relationship they can count on. A trusted, respected, and compassionate public health nurse visits the mom from pregnancy until the baby turns 2-years old.

This evidence-based model of partnering nurses and first-time moms has more than 37 years of research from randomized, controlled trials that prove it works. And these moms and their babies are not the only ones who benefit. Communities and society as a whole have grown stronger thanks to Nurse-Family Partnership's commitment to achieving the following goals:

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including getting prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diet, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal substances
  • Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care
  • Improve 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
The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office provides training and support services to ensure that the model is precisely replicated in communities, leading to improved outcomes for both mothers and children. Sites adhere to key elements of the Nurse-Family Partnership model, which include:
  • Enrolling first-time, low-income moms early in their pregnancies
  • Specially trained public health nurses delivering home visits over two-and-a-half years
  • Establishing support for the program within an implementing organization
For detailed information about the key elements of this program, review the Nurse-Family Partnership Model Elements.

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