The mission of Nurse-Family Partnership, a long-term, evidence-based program available to first time mothers is to improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices; improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care; and improve the economic self-sufficiency of families by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education, and find work.
Expectant first-time mothers and their newborns. In Rhode Island, Nurse-Family Partnership currently provides services to low-income women in Central Falls, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick, and Woonsocket.
During the early-stage home visits, nurse home visitors help their clients find appropriate prenatal care, improve their nutritional intake, reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and/or illegal substances, and become more knowledgeable about pregnancy as well as labor and delivery.
Nurses offer a special kind of support by taking a family-centered approach and focusing on the mother's strengths to help her achieve goals for herself and her baby. Nurses provide first time mothers the support they need to become strong, successful parents. They also welcome expectant fathers and/or other family members to participate in home visits.
Nurses provide encouragement to women as they become new parents and provide knowledge and support around child growth and development. In addition, the nurse home visitors are instrumental in serving as a “life coach” for the mothers, working with them to set personal goals to plan for the families' futures—from continuing education to finding employment.
Nurses work with mothers to engage them in services they need, including mental health and substance abuse and alcohol treatment services. If the mother and newborn do not have a medical home, nurses can help them find one. Nurses also support women and their families as they continue their education or seek employment.
Anyone may refer a pregnant woman to Nurse-Family Partnership. Referrals are taken from:
If you are interested in participating in Nurse-Family Partnership, would like to refer a young, first time mother, or have questions about the program, please call the First Connections provider in your community.