Being born healthy and reaching critical developmental milestones are vivid predictors of future success. Research indicates that, in efforts to address problems like poverty, low education levels, crime rates, teen pregnancy and more, the greatest long-term benefits will come from starting with babies in low-income households – even before they are born.
Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership® pairs mothers pregnant with their first child with a registered nurse for ongoing home visits aimed at supporting mothers and families in providing the very best start for their children during the earliest, most developmentally critical years. NFP is a national, community health program, widely researched and recognized for increasing health care access and improving health outcomes.
Goodwill’s NFP implementation, which began in November 2011, was recognized by the Indiana Business Journal as a 2018 Health Care Hero for Community Achievement in Health Care.
In the summer of 2021, NFP reached a milestone of supporting 3,500 babies born throughout central and southern Indiana, which means their moms learned how to bond with their baby; keep their baby safe; were counseled on the benefits of breastfeeding; received resources, support, and guidance, as needed, for housing, education, employment and child care; and had their physical status regularly assessed to help them achieve a healthy pregnancy and birth.
To date, the program has served more than 5,500 families and provides nurse home visitors for the following counties:
The program supports the Indiana State Department of Health’s Labor of Love campaign to reduce infant death, providing prenatal care and teaching parents about and encouraging smoking cessation, breastfeeding and safe sleep.
Positive NFP outcomes in Indiana
of babies were born full term
of mothers initiated breastfeeding
at 24 months were fully immunized
were born at a healthy weight at or above 5.5 lbs
HOW TO QUALIFY
To qualify for Nurse-Family Partnership, a woman must:
- Be less than 28 weeks (7 months) pregnant
- Have no previous live births
- Be at 200% of the poverty level or below (equivalent to the Medicaid eligibility requirement)
- Live in one of the 29 Indiana counties where we currently offer services
A health care or other service provider may refer a woman who meets the program’s qualifications.
“I’m proud of where I am now. I would most definitely recommend Nurse-Family Partnership to friends and family.”
Dominique Daye – NFP Success Story
Although a teenager at the time, when Dominique Daye learned she was pregnant, her priorities became her son and planning for their future. She faced obstacles, but advocated fiercely for herself and her son to overcome them, including traveling four-hours round trip to The Excel Center to earn a high school diploma. Now a graduate, she is living independently and earning more from her employer.
- May 2019: Governor Signs Perinatal Bill to Address Infant Mortality
- May 2019: Local Officials Step Up Efforts to Reduce Infant Mortality
- October 2018: Goodwill Pairs Nurses with Moms
- September 2018: Mothers Graduate from Maternal Health Program
- July 2018: Nurse-Family Partnership Programs Helps Combat Infant, Maternal Mortality
- April 2018: For New Moms, Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership Helps Ensure Healthy
- February 2018: Top Honoree: Community Achievement in Health Care, Nurse-Family Partnership
- January 2017: Why Do So Many Babies Die in Indiana?
- September. 2015: Self-Sufficiency Investment, Michelle’s Story
- July 2015: Program Pairs Nurses With First-Time Moms to Improve Lives
- January. 2015: MCCOY: Our Kids Our Families Our Communities
- November 2014: WTHR Channel 13