Providing babies with the best start in life
Nurse-Family Partnership is a community health program that helps transform the lives of young, low-income mothers pregnant with their first child. The program partners mothers with registered nurses from pregnancy through a child's second birthday, allowing nurses to deliver the support first-time moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start in life. The relationship between mother and nurse provides the foundation for strong families, and lives are forever changed—for the better.
Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time moms with the support they need to become confident parents and strong women, and ultimately, give their babies the best possible start in life. Learn more about this free program.
Pregnant with your first baby? We can help.
Nurse-Family Partnership helps first-time moms, just like you, prepare for the birth of your child by partnering you with a nurse home visitor. When you enroll in the program, a specially trained nurse will visit you throughout your pregnancy and until your baby turns two years old. During these visits, your nurse will offer the knowledge and support you need to confidently create a better life for your baby and yourself.
As a first-time mom, you most likely have a ton of questions. That's why Nurse-Family Partnership starts working with you before you give birth to your child. By meeting with you as early in your pregnancy as possible, our nurse home visitors address your questions and concerns, prepare you for childbirth, and help ensure that you deliver a healthy baby.
From helping you have a healthy pregnancy, to coaching you on child development, to empowering you to pursue your heart's desire, your nurse home visitor will always be there for you, so you can be there for your baby.
Are you eligible for Nurse-Family Partnership?
Nurse-Family Partnership is a free program for young women who are:
- pregnant with their first child
- meet income requirements
Learn what happens during a nurse home visit.
Your nurse home visitor offers a prenatal assistance program that helps you before and after your baby is born. Each visit is designed around three goals: a healthy pregnancy and delivery, your baby's good health and development, and your vision and goals for your future.
Through the Nurse-Family Partnership, you will be connected with a nurse who will visit every week or two during your pregnancy and up until your baby is two years. Your nurse will help you:
- Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
- Become a stronger parent
- Build a strong network of support for you and your baby
- Make your home a safe place for your baby to live and play
- Get referrals for health care, child care, job training and other support services available in your community
- Find ways to continue your education and develop job skills
- Set goals for your family's future and find ways to help you reach them
After you deliver your baby, the nurse who helped you prepare for all the stages of your pregnancy will still be there for you through breastfeeding, bathing your baby, and changing diapers. She'll answer all your questions about pregnancy, and after your baby is born will talk with you about talking to your little one and about planning goals so that your family has a good future.
Interested in enrolling your patient in Nurse-Family Partnership? Learn more about the program's eligibility criteria and how to make a referral.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers 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. Learn more about the benefits of NFP for first-time mothers. To refer a client, please call 206-477-6262 or fax this referral form to one of our offices. Download the NFP Referral Criteria.
- Seattle Seattle and North County 206-296-0184
- Columbia - South Seattle and South County 206-206-296-3300
- Kent South King County, 206-205-0406
Nurse-Family Partnership is a model program for evidence-based public policy that improves outcomes for families and communities. The program empowers pregnant women and their families to improve their health, education, and economic self-sufficiency. Every dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership can yield up to five dollars in return.
A proven success
Nurse-Family Partnership is at the forefront of community health programs because it is evidence-based. More than 30 years of research from randomized, controlled trials prove it works--delivering multi-generational outcomes that benefit communities and eliminate the costs of long-term social service programs. Examples of specific outcomes from one or more of the trials include:
- 48 percent reduction in child abuse and neglect
- 56 percent reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings
- 59 percent reduction in arrests at child age 15
- 67 percent reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems at child age six
- 72 percent fewer convictions of mothers at child age 15
What makes Nurse-Family Partnership different?
- Nurse-Family Partnership focuses on first-time mothers. It is during a first pregnancy that the best chance exists to promote and teach positive health and development behaviors between a mother and her baby.
- The Nurse-Family Partnership program is delivered by registered nurses who are perceived as trusted and competent professionals, fostering a powerful bond between nurse and mother.
- Nurse-Family Partnership has sufficient duration. Typically, a client begins to work with her nurse home visitor during her first or second trimester and continues through the child's second birthday. This early intervention during pregnancy allows for any critical behavioral changes needed to improve the health of the mother and child.