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.
Positive NFP outcomes in Indiana
of babies were born full term
of mothers initiated breastfeeding
(Cumulative data as of June 30, 2015)
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
A health care provider or other service provider can refer a woman who meets the program qualifications (above).
“I’m proud of where I am now. I would most definitely recommend Nurse-Family Partnership to friends and family.”Dominique Daye
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.
Goodwill is committed to supporting quality child care for employees, students and Nurse-Family Partnership clients. Childcare Answers offers help with finding licensed, quality child care.
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