Nurse-Family Partnership

Mission

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.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Graduated its first clients in RI. 15 clients and their children completed the program.
  • 100% of clients who gave birth completed a post-partum OB/GYN visit
  • Expanded capacity to begin providing services in Newport, West Warwick and Woonsocket

Who We Serve

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.

What Nurse Home Visitors Do

Provide guidance on preventive health and prenatal practices

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.

Take a family-centered approach during home visits

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.

Provide support after the baby is born

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.

Link families with medical homes and social services

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.

What You Should Do

Anyone may refer a pregnant woman to Nurse-Family Partnership. Referrals are taken from:

  • Healthcare and social service providers, including WIC, if they think an expectant mother would benefit from home visiting.
  • Schools
  • Families (self-referrals or family member referrals).

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.