Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) is an evidence-based community health program that helps transform the lives of at-risk, Medicaid-eligible mothers who are pregnant with their first child. Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday.
Nurse-Family Partnership Goals
The goals of the NFP include:
- Improving pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including receiving thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances.
- Improving child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care.
- Improving the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop visions for their own futures, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.
Nurse-Family Partnership Outcomes
The first NFP site launched in South Carolina in 2008. Since that time, NFP has served nearly 2,000 mothers, welcomed more than 1,100 babies and conducted more than 33,000 home visits. Initial positive outcomes of this program include:
- 90 percent of babies were born full term
- 89 percent of babies were born at a healthy weight (at or above 2,500 grams, or 5.5 lbs.)
- 72 percent of mothers have successfully initiated breastfeeding
48 percent of mothers who entered the program without high school diplomas or GEDs are working to attain theirs, and 9.4 percent have attained theirs