Nurse-Family Partnership

Family First Health – Nurse-Family Partnership
(Serving York and Adams Counties)
116 South George Street, Suite 358
York, PA 17401  •  (717) 843-6330

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The Nurse-Family Partnership Program is a prenatal and early childhood nurse visitation program that improves the health and well being of at-risk first-time mothers and their babies.

Regular home visits from a registered nurse provide expectant mothers with a relationship they can count on, allowing them to develop the confidence and skills for parenting and economic self-sufficiency.

How does the Nurse Family Partnership program work?
A voluntary program, Nurse-Family Partnership provides regular home visits from a registered nurse to help educate families and hopefully help to prevent maternal and child health problems. Beginning during pregnancy and continuing until the child is 2 years old, nurse home visitors work with families on:

  • Mother’s health issues and health habits for a healthy pregnancy
  • Environmental health for mother and child
  • Quality care-giving for infants and toddlers
  • Mother’s healthy personal development to continue education and develop job skills
  • Breastfeeding education
  • Family support planning for future pregnancies
  • Building a strong network of support from family and/or friends
  • Referrals to community health resources and human services

Who can enroll in the program?
Nurse-Family Partnership is FREE to all first-time mothers in York and Adams Counties who meet income requirements. Participants must meet income requirements.

What are the program goals for Nurse Family Partnership?
Goals for the Nurse-Family Partnership program include the following:

— Healthy pregnancy — Nurses help new mothers-to-be engage in good, preventative health practices: Improve their diet and nutrition, utilize proper obstetrical care, and educate them on the importance of avoiding use of tobacco and other harmful substances.

— Healthy children — First-time mothers 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 friends and family.

— Healthy personal development — 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 home visits from a registered nurse?
When a woman becomes pregnant before she is prepared to care for a child, the risk factors for the entire family escalate. By approaching clients without value judgments or a personal agenda, a nurse can reach a vulnerable family in ways that others can’t. Meeting with patients in their home environments allows the Nurse Family Partnership program to tailor care to each family in order to provide the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies.

Where can I find more information?
Contact Family First Health at (717) 843-6330.