How Nurses Can Help First-Time Moms

Developed by Dr. David Olds in 1977, the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides maternal and early childhood health programs to low-income families. The program pairs low-income, first-time mothers with a trained nurse who counsels her throughout pregnancy and until her child’s second birthday. The nurses visit the new mothers in their homes and offer guidance on everything from breastfeeding to child development.

In many cases, the NFP nurses also play the role of social worker – they help the mother apply for social assistance, navigate tricky family dynamics and, in some cases, even help the new mothers escape violent relationships. As a mentor, the NFP nurses encourage the new mothers to finish their education, apply for better-paying jobs, and set themselves on a path towards financial stability.

Programs like NFP are built on the philosophy that intervening in a child’s life as early as possible is the most cost-effective way to boost the lives of children in low-income families. Although the program costs roughly $4,800 a year per family, studies show that intervening with high-risk families can save the government as much as $34,000 for every child involved in the program.

If you’d like to help others by becoming a nurse and participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership, enroll in CNI’s Associate’s Degree in Nursing (RN) program today. Graduates of the program will be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as an RN.