The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a program that connects nurses with moms expecting their first baby. NFP has demonstrated consistent and enduring effects on maternal and child health outcomes in targeted populations of low-income, first-time mothers and their families in the United States. NFP is the first early intervention method to find reductions in maternal and child mortality.
“There is a magic window during pregnancy…it’s a time when the desire to be a good mother and raise a healthy, happy child creates motivation to overcome incredible obstacles including poverty, instability, or abuse with the help of a well-trained nurse.”
— Dr. David Olds, NFP Founder
Nurse-Family Partnership is a licensed program that comes with a set of Core Model Elements to guide implementation. It has a clear clinical model and includes Visit-to-Visit guidelines and specifications for nurse competencies, nurse education and data collection. NFP nurses visit clients in their home starting early in the pregnancy and continuing until the child’s second birthday, tailoring the program content to the specific needs of each client and child. Nurses use a range of clinical methods to support clients to increase their understanding and self efficacy, enabling them to grow and change their health and caregiving behaviours.