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Nurse Family Partnerships in Charlotte

First time, single mothers in the first 28 weeks of their pregnancy get home-visits from local public nurses.

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Nurse Family Partnership in Charlotte paires first time mothers in their first 28 weeks of pregnancy with local nurses.  These nurses visit the mothers through the pregnancy, up until the child is 2.  

They've had great success with their model:
89% of babies were born full term and 
89% were born at a healthy weight - 
at or above at 2500 g (5.5 lbs).
44% of mothers who entered the program 
without a diploma/GED have since 
earned one, and another 26% are 
working toward obtaining one.
73% of mothers had no subsequent 
pregnancies at program completion.

Their demographics:
CLIENT DEMOGRAPHICS
At intake
Median age: 19
91% Unmarried
62% Medicaid recipients
Cumulative data as of Sept. 30, 2012
Race
46% Black or African American
30% White
16% Declined to self-identify/No response
5% American Indian/Alaska Native
1% Multi-racial
1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
1% Asian
Ethnicity
84% Non-Hispanic/Latina 
13% Hispanic/Latina
3% Declined to self-identify/
No response 

This program has helped prepare first time parents and give them the tools to build their own lives, and the lives of their children.  While it has a narrow focus, it is doing a lot of great work in North Carolina (and the models across the US are having similar results).

To read more:
http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/

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