Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
This program impacts the lives of first-time pregnant, low-income women by:
- improving pregnancy outcomes
- fostering economic self-sufficiency
- improving childhood growth and development outcomes
We provide our clients with a BSN-prepared Nurse-Home Visitor (NHV), who establishes a therapeutic relationship with clients and follows the client from pregnancy (less than 28 weeks) until the child becomes 2 years old.
Nurse-Family Partnership is a strengths-based program with specialized staff training in reflective practice and motivational interviewing. It is a state grant-funded, evidence-based program that was awarded to the City of Port Arthur in 2008.
To be eligible for the program the mother must:
Nurse-Home visitors apply key model elements to obtain program excellence and usually visit clients weekly or once every two weeks for about 60 to 90 minutes.
Each individual mother can decide her exact schedule.
Nurse-Home visitors help each mother:
- have a healthy pregnancy and baby
- build a strong network of support for her and her child
- make her home a safe place for her baby
- get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training, and more
- find ways to continue her education and develop job skills
- set and achieve goals for her family's future
From the mothers we've helped:
"When I first became pregnant, I was very nervous and had so many questions about motherhood in general. I called the Nurse-Family Partnership program and shortly after started doing visits with my nurse. My son is now nine months old. The program has eased all concerns about motherhood. I learn something new every time. I am truly blessed to have someone I can tell everything to and at the end have knowledge of the things I needed understanding about. I think it is wonderful that they are allowed to come into our home for free and lend a listening ear and provide very helpful information." - Brittany
"This program and my nurse have been so helpful the whole time I have been enrolled! My nurse brings out the best in me and I can always call her to ask questions. My nurse gives great advice and support when I am trying to make decisions for my family."- Ashley