Nurse Family Partnership : A Community Health Based Home Visiting Program

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Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program is a community health-based home visiting program which is evidence based. This program is designed for women with no previous births who have low income. It involves the use of nurses or paraprofessionals to pay home visits to vulnerable mothers, usually socially disadvantaged teenagers who are first time mothers. These health professionals pay home visits from pregnancy till the children are about two years of age. The aim of this is to improve pregnancy outcomes, health and development of the child and improve the maternal life course through promotion of economic self-sufficiency. This program which is evidence based have proven effective over 3 decades and have been replicated in …show more content…

NFP has three broad goals which are: improvement of pregnancy outcomes through promotion of prenatal care; improvement of child health and development by teaching parents the necessary skills and safety measures; and improvement of maternal development over the life course through empowerment.
These three broad goals are related to the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) objectives and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The HP2020 topic, Maternal, Infant and Child Health major goal is to improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children, and families which aligns with NFP goals. This topic has a broad set of objectives with sub objectives that are well related to NFP goals such as: objectives related to reduction in maternal and infant morbidity and mortality; and objectives that influence preconception, pregnancy and postpartum health and behavior e.g. increasing the proportion of pregnant women who receive early and adequate prenatal care and increasing the proportion of infants who are put to sleep on their backs, to mention a few.
NFP goals also align with SDG. It aligns with the third SDG which is to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’ with targets to reduce the global maternal, infant and child mortality and morbidity ratio to certain percentages by year 2030.

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NFP is a community health program with over 3 decades of proven research which shows its

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