'Nurse Family Partnerships is a free, voluntary program that partners first-time moms with nurses. When moms enroll in the program, a trained nurse will visit them in their home until their baby turns two years old.
The Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitor provides pregnancy health services that answer hard-to-ask questions for first-time moms.
The nurse comes to the moms (and their family or partner), meeting them at home or at a safe place on a regular basis, usually every week or every other week before and after they have their baby.
During every visit, the nurse and mom set a plan of things to do before the next home visit, and review their progress to date.
This service includes guidance on child development and family-life planning.
The program now serves 33,000 families in 42 states.
Source: Nurse Family Partnerships
The nurses cover 'things like diet, breast-feeding, safety, parenting skills, age-appropriate toys and mental health. The mothers are typically young and unmarried, with a high school education and a median income of $9,000.
Children who receive home visits are healthier, achieve more in school and have better social and emotional skills, according to a new study, released Monday by James J. Heckman, a Nobel laureate economist at the University of Chicago. Mothers have better prenatal and mental health and parenting skills.
The effects are particularly strong and lasting for boys.
The researchers also zeroed in on which factors caused positive results. Improvements within the home at age 2 — elements like parental involvement, role modeling and developmentally appropriate toys — led to cognitive gains in boys at age 6. That led to higher achievement scores at age 12, the research found.'
Source: New York Times