The Nurse-Family Partnership
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Katie Couric reported on the Nurse-Family Partnership. Read more about this group's effort to help first-time mothers succeed — and how to find a nurse where you live.
What Is The Nurse-Family Partnership?
It is a voluntary nursing home visitation program that focuses its efforts on working with low-income, first-time parents and their children in order to improve the health and well-being of communities. Based in Denver, the Nurse-Family Partnership sends registered nurses to visit the homes of families with newborns; the nurses continue visiting and supporting the family until the child is 2 years old.
Women can enroll in the program as early in their pregnancy as they like. Ideally, visits from a nurse begin with the 16th week of pregnancy, focusing on the woman's health and family-friend support system. Sixty-four planned visits are scheduled from pregnancy through the child's toddlerhood.
The Nurse-Family Partnership currently serves families in more than 280 counties in 22 states. It works with and is funded by: The National Center for Children, Families and Communities, located at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.
Check out the Nurse-Family Partnership Web site.
Find a location near you.
To contact the Nurse-Family Partnership's national office, call 866-864-5226.
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