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Steamboat Springs Office:
940 Central Park Drive Suite 101 Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487
Phone/TTY: 970-879-1632
Fax: 970-870-1326
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Craig Office:
745 Russell Street
Craig, Colorado 81625
Phone/TTY: 970-824-8233
Fax: 970-824-2548
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Public Health

Nurse Family Partnership ~ Helping First-Time Parents Succeed

The Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary program and a FREE service to help you and your child begin a healthy life.

One of the most important things you can do is get prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant.

Taking good care of yourself, preparing for childbirth and then caring for your new baby will be challenging! It is also the most important and satisfying work you will ever do.

The Nurse-Family Partnership Program Nurse home visitors are specially trained Registered Nurses who provide positive support and education to you to help you be the best parent you can be.

 


Vivianna’s Story

Irene's Story

Kassie's Story

 

Families who are eligible receive:
Home visits during your pregnancy and through your child's second birthday.

  • Answers to your questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery
  • Information about your child's care and development
  • Support for family needs and links to community resources
You may qualify if you: are expecting your first child and have a limited income.

Proven Success
The Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time parents succeed. Families develop confidence and skills for parenting and economic self-sufficiency by volunteering to work with a nurse home visitor from this proven program. Specialized nurses visit families regularly during 2-1/2 year period, beginning in pregnancy. The Nurse-Family Partnership achieves its goal by focusing on three clear objectives:
  1. Fostering healthier pregnancies.
    Nurses help new mothers-to-be improve their diet and nutrition, utilize proper obstetrical care, and avoid the use of tobacco and other harmful substances.

  2. Improving the health and development of children.
    First-time parents learn how to provide responsible and competent care, particularly in the areas of children's physical and emotional health and safety. Nurses help parents build a strong support network of family and friends.

  3. Encouraging self-sufficiency.
    Together, nurses and parents create a vision for the future that includes a plan for future pregnancies, steps toward continuing education, and securing adequate employment.

Why NFP?

Consistent program effects include

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

Better Pregnancy Outcomes.
Nurse-Family Partnership’s first stated goal is improved pregnancy outcomes: healthier mothers who can deliver healthier babies. Among the improvements in pregnancy outcomes that have been observed in the randomized, controlled trials of the program are:

  • Decreases in prenatal cigarette smoking
  • Fewer hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
  • Fewer closely-spaced subsequent pregnancies

Preventing child abuse and neglect.
Nurse-Family Partnership is often cited as THE intervention for preventing child abuse and neglect. Among the reduction in child abuse and neglect and injury outcomes that have been observed in at least two of the three randomized, controlled trials of the program are:

  • Reductions in child abuse and neglect
  • Reduction in health-care encounters for injuries

Improve school readiness.
Early language development improvements in the most at-risk families.

Changes in the mother’s life course.
Increase families’ economic self-sufficiency and reduce government costs at the same time. Among the improvements in low-income, unmarried mothers’ economic self-sufficiency that have been observed in at least two of the three randomized, controlled trials of the program are:

  • Reduction in use of welfare and other government assistance
  • Greater employment for the mothers
  • Increase in father presence and partner stability
  • Fewer closely-spaced subsequent pregnancies

For more information or to sign up: Ask for "The Nurse-Family Partnership Program" 970-824-8233 or 970-879-1632

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