Can dads be part of Nurse-Family Partnership, too?
Expectant fathers are welcome in the NFP program.
Sure, Nurse-Family Partnership is known as a maternal and child health program, and first-time mothers enroll in the program to receive nurse home visits. But we know how much fathers matter, too. That’s why Nurse-Family Partnership encourages expectant fathers to be involved in the nurse home visits, whenever possible.
Independent research makes the risks clear: children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And when fathers are present in a healthy home environment, good things happen: researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that low-income or high-risk children who have fathers in their lives learn better, have higher self-esteem, and show fewer signs of depression than children without fathers.
Nurse-Family Partnership can make a difference. Research published in JAMA® reports families in the program have a 68-percent increase in father presence in the household. It is just one of Nurse-Family Partnership’s positive, documented outcomes that come when first-time moms and dads learn to be competent, caring parents to their child.
Our goal is to help first-time parents succeed, so that the whole family is healthy and strong.
Above: Lisa Dillard, RN, BSN, discusses how fathers can play an integral role in the NFP program.