The Nurse-Family Partnership program at Spokane Regional Health District helps transform the lives of moms and their babies. This program allows nurses to deliver the support 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.
From pregnancy until the child turns 2 years old, nurse home visitors form a trusting relationship with the mom, instilling confidence and empowering them to achieve a better life for their child – and them self.
A woman is considered eligible for the Nurse-Family Partnership program in Spokane County if she:
Participation in the Nurse-Family Partnership program is free to eligible women. The program is funded with federal, state and local public funding sources, including the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and local general revenue funds. Nurse-Family Partnership works collaboratively with other home visiting providers to meet the needs of eligible families.
Fathers, family members and friends are welcome to participate in the program with you! NFP developed materials specifically for dad.
SRHD NFP 2017 Statistics98%
of NFP moms initiate breastfeeding at birth
A sad topic like infant death deserves to be talked about among moms, dads, and people who care for babies. When a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly, these deaths are called sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID).
“If a baby isn’t sleeping alone in the crib, it increases the risk for SUID.”
In recent years, 27 Spokane County babies died from SUID—about 3,500 babies die each year in the U.S. In deaths where a public health nurse talked with aﬀected families, over half of these babies were
sleeping with an adult or child.
Always have baby sleep alone, even during naps. She or he should never be in a bed with another person where he could be rolled on and smothered.
Place baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib or bassinet, with a tight-fitting sheet.
Do not use crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, or soft toys inside crib or bassinet.
“Make sure all of the baby’s caregivers, including babysitters, child care providers, and grandparents know these ABCs of safe sleep.”
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Things to try:
Call 800-4-A-CHILD, 24 hours/day
FIRST PREGNANCY?- Improve pregnancy outcomes – healthier babies and healthier moms- Improve child health and development – support and education for new parents - Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family – setting and reaching goals for the future Spokane Regional Health District's Nurse Family Partnership program offers public health nurses with specialized training for visits to first-time, low-income mothers in their homes, providing services to the pregnant women and her infant until the child is 2 years old.
“NFP is rigorously tested”
“NFP is one of the most rigorously tested maternal and early childhood health programs of its kind. Research over the past 30 years demonstrates multi-generational outcomes for families and their communities.” ~ SRHD NFP manager, Sue Schultz