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 (NFP) 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 an international, community health program, widely researched and recognized for increasing healthcare access and improving health outcomes.
Implemented in Indiana exclusively by Goodwill, NFP began in Marion County in November 2011 and today serves more than 500 families there. Today, the program is available in the following counties:
Goodwill and NFP support 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.
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 NFP, 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 a county where we currently offer services (Delaware, Lake, Madison, Marion, Tippecanoe and White)
A health care or other provider may refer you, but your participation is voluntary. You may also refer yourself, called a self referral, to be considered for participation, which consists of meeting the qualification above. NFP is a free program.
In the News
- Jan. 2017: Why do so many babies die in Indiana?
- Sep. 2015: Self-sufficiency investment, Michelle’s story
- July 2015: Program pairs nurses with first-time moms to improve lives
- Jan. 2015: MCCOY: Our Kids Our Families Our Communities
- Nov. 2014: WTHR Ch. 13, WRTV Ch. 6