Having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing event, but it can also be overwhelming for first-time mothers, or parents with minimal support systems. Research has shown that mothers who receive personal, intentional education and support from dedicated nurses prior to birth and during the first two years of their children's lives will improve outcomes for both themselves and their children.
The Hurley Foundation received a $74,000 grant to expand the evidenced-based Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP), a community health program that provides early health and developmental interventions to mothers and children. Each mother in the program is partnered with a registered nurse and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child's second birthday. Goals of the program are to improve the well-being of infants and reduce the behavioral impacts of lead exposure.
New mother Adriana Glenn has been a part of the current program since she was five months pregnant.
"As a first time mother, I thought I might as well go ahead and give this a shot. I was nervous, but my nurse Brandi is like the best person I've ever met," Glenn said. "She taught me how to be a better person and she helped me understand how to be a mother."
Nurses meet with parents every one to two weeks and share information on nutrition, labor and delivery, sleep habits, developmental milestones, feeding regimens, and more, as well as give support, encouragement, and friendship to the families they work with.
NFP clients are primarily recruited from Hurley Medical Center and it's physician and mid-wife networks.