Numbers that are Hard to Ignore: Nurse-Family Partnership highlighted in The Atlantic

February 16, 2015

This month we’d like to shine the spot light on the Nurse-Family Partnership and the work they’re doing in our community.

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The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time mothers with a specially trained nurse who makes home visits throughout the first-time mom’s pregnancy until the baby turns 2 years old. During their visits, the nurse offers guidance from pre-natal care and nutrition to breastfeeding to teaching new mothers about early childhood milestones. They also mentor the mothers, encouraging them to follow their goals, whether it’s staying in school or finding better paying jobs.

Here in Spartanburg County, we house the NFP site of Spartanburg and Union Counties. To date, 437 mothers have been assisted and 313 babies have been born since the site opened in April 2009. The program works to help new mothers gain the confidence they need to strive for better lives for their children and themselves, which ultimately creates a better Spartanburg.

We aren’t the only ones who think the NFP is doing big things.

Last month, The Atlantic ran an article in their Health section titled “How Nurses Can Help Low-Income Mothers and Kids” by Nancy Cook, which featured a profile of Spartanburg resident and first-time mom Camille Wallace and her nurse home-visitor Lisa Corkren. In the article, NFP is referred to as a “lifeline” for the new mom who made her feel “empowered to take care of [her] child [her]self.”

According to the article, new moms aren’t the only group the NFP is helping. Research is showing that the program is good for communities as well: “… an analysis done by Rand in 2005 showed that NFP’s interventions with high-risk families can save society as much as $34,000 for every child involved.” These are numbers that are hard to ignore.

We encourage you to take the time to read the article and visit the website for more information about the lives being touched right here in our County by Nurse-Family Partnership.