Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child. Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child's second birthday. Independent research proves that communities benefit from this relationship - every dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership can yield more than $5 in return.
Nurse-Family Partnership Goals
Improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets, and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances.
Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care.
Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.
Positive Outcomes for Clients Served by Illinois' Nurse-Family Partnership
92% of children were born full term and 93% were born at a healthy weight
56% reduction in domestic violence during pregnancy
80% of mothers initiated breastfeeding
32% increase in mothers' workforce participation from 21% at intake to 53% at program completion