Long term studies prove that when trained child health nurses and social workers regularly visit the homes of low-income, first time parents to teach them how to have healthy pregnancies and properly raise infants, far less child abuse and neglect occurs.
We promote inexpensive, evidence-based home visiting programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, so more young parents will sign up and provide their babies with the best possible start in life. The relationship between mother and nurse provides the foundation for strong families, and lives are forever changed for the better.
Women typically enroll in the program early in the second trimester of their pregnancy (by the 28th week of pregnancy). A nurse then begins visiting them, usually in the family’s home, throughout the woman’s pregnancy and until her child is two years old. The nurses provide support, education and counseling on health, parenting, prenatal care, developmental issues and life skills.
We’re currently trying to bring Nurse-Family Partnership to Rockwall County. If we can’t, then we’ll begin work soon to start our own program because it is so important.