Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the Nurse-Family Partnership?
NFP begins early in pregnancy to help you feel prepared and confident about becoming a mom. First-time moms can enroll by the 28th week of pregnancy. To get started, call 1-800-367-6347 or click here to make a referral or to apply to join the program.
Is NFP only for first-time moms?
NFP is primarily for first-time moms, but we also provide services to moms-to-be who have had previous births if they meet the eligibility and risk criteria through the NFP-Plus project. NFP-Plus is for pregnant women who have previously given birth, and who have significant risk factors that could lead to negative outcomes for mother and child. Enrollment is required during pregnancy. Earlier in pregnancy is preferred, but enrollment can take place any time prior to delivery. To get started with NFP-Plus, call 1-800-367-6347 or click here to make a referral or to apply to join the program.
How will I meet with my NFP nurse?
Your nurse comes to you, meeting you at home or at a safe place where you are comfortable or by calling you. Visits with your nurse will take place on a regular basis on a schedule you set with your nurse, usually every week or every other week before and after you have your baby. If you have support from family or your partner, they can participate too.
What can I expect during visits with my nurse?
During every visit, your nurse will listen to you, answer your questions, and share valuable knowledge and resources to build your confidence as a mom and help guide you through all the changes you will experience. You and your nurse will work together on the focus for each visit based on your individual needs.
What kind of support will my NFP nurse provide during my pregnancy?
Your NFP nurse will help you plan for a healthy pregnancy, prepare for delivery, and get ready to welcome your new baby in a safe, loving home environment. Your nurse will connect you with health care and social services, and provide you with caring and compassionate advice to support your overall health during pregnancy. First-time moms have a lot of questions and your NFP nurse is there with answers you can trust, and the care and support you need to be the best mom you can be.
What happens after my baby is born?
Your nurse will stay with you as your baby grows and learns and as you become a strong, confident mother. Your nurse is able to stay with you until your baby is 2 years old. Your nurse will listen to your concerns, answer your questions about caring for your baby. Your nurse has expert information and advice on everything from infant feeding and nutrition, to child development and growth, to creating a safe and healthy home environment, and reaching milestones. You can ask your nurse anything – no subject is off limits. As your baby grows, your nurse will work with you on setting a vision for your own goals as you prepare a bright future for yourself and your child.