Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based, community health program that serves low-income women pregnant with their first child. Voluntary, free enrollment is encouraged as early as possible during pregnancy, and is required by 28 weeks gestation. A NFP trained nurse will visit the mothers during their pregnancy and until their child turns two years old. The nurse will be there to offer knowledge and support for the mother to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, improve child health and development, and improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family.

The NFP program has three main goals:

  • Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventative health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances.
  • Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care.
  • Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.

Nurse-Family Partnership is effective because it is evidence based. Communities can be confident in choosing the program because more than 35 years of research from randomized, controlled trials prove it works-delivering multi-generational outcomes that benefit communities and reduce the costs of long- term social service programs. NFP is the most rigorously tested program of its kind. Three randomized, controlled trials and follow-ups have been conducted. Consistent program effects found in at least two of the three trails include:

  • Improved prenatal health
  • Fewer childhood injuries
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Increased intervals between births
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Improved school readiness

 Nurse-Family Partnership has an evaluation component that allows implementing agencies to track their progress. The nurse home visitors collect data, which is entered into a clinical information system managed by the NFP national office. Agency staff can review reports regularly to evaluate program quality. These reports can help sites to improve the quality of their services as well as provide accountability to the community about the difference NFP is making for their families.

For more information, contact the Rockingham County Nurse-Family Partnership program at (336) 349- 1881 or click here.