Nurse-Family Partnership introduces vulnerable first-time parents to caring maternal and child health nurses. This program allows nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and build strong families, which result in higher levels of school readiness and success for young children. Donate Online.
Here is Carmen's Story
When I first met Carmen she was beaming and very excited about the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program. Carmen was 24 weeks pregnant and living with her Grandmother, after her husband had left – and she was receiving little support from family or friends.
I remember my first visit with Carmen. She was scared, surrounded by negativity, and was nervous to raise her child alone. The Nurse-Family Partnership program provides nurses with the tools to support clients like Carmen, by working on confidence, goals toward self-sufficiency, and health promotion.
Carmen soaked up all the information I could provide, quickly becoming confident in her ability as a new mother and developing a strong attachment to her now 17-month-old son. With support, Carmen has been determined to improve her life – even while going through an abusive relationship – in order to provide for herself and her son.
Carmen is currently living independently and working full time as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Carmen has shown strong resiliency and works hard every day to ensure that her son has the best future possible.
As a nurse with NFP, it is an honor to become part of Carmen's life and to watch her self-confidence grow. She will graduate soon from NFP – on her son's second birthday – with the knowledge and skills to continue to move forward with her dreams – and with the ability to give her son the nurturing environment she always imagined.
Allison Wilder, RN Home Visitor
St. Anthony Nurse-Family Partnership
* Photos courtesy of James Chance - Chance Multimedia