Nurse-Family Partnership

Free program for eligible women. Enrolled moms are connected to a registered nurse who provides the support, advice and information needed to have a healthy pregnancy and be a great mom.

Program Overview

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:

  • Is pregnant (within the first 28 weeks of gestation)
  • Meets income requirements     
  • Lives in Spokane County

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.

Dads can participate, too!

Fathers, family members and friends are welcome to participate in the program with you! NFP developed materials specifically for dad.

Nurse-Family Partnership @ ChildStrive Informational Video

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SRHD NFP 2017 Statistics


of NFP moms initiate breastfeeding at birth

Mothers and children who participated in the program have consistently demonstrated:

  • Improved prenatal health
  • Fewer childhood injuries
  • Fewer subsequent pregnancies
  • Increased intervals between births
  • Increased maternal employment
  • Improved school readiness
  • Less child abuse and neglect

Stay Close, Sleep Apart

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.

‘A’ is for Alone

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.

‘B’ is for on Baby’s Back:

Place baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib or bassinet, with a tight-fitting sheet.

‘C’ is for Clutter-Free Crib

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.”

Tips for Calming a Crying Baby

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Things to try:

  • Feed baby slowly and burp often
  • Make sure baby’s diaper is dry
  • Give baby a warm bath
  • Dim lights and lower noise level
  • Play soft music, sing or talk to baby in a calm voice
  • Hold baby close and rock gently
  • Take baby for a car or stroller ride
  • Call a friend or relative you trust
  • Put baby in a crib or bassinet and take a break

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

Nurse-Family Partnership. Helping First Time Parents Succeed.

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