Nurse-Family Partnership pairs first-time, low-income pregnant women with nurses to improve pregnancy/birth outcomes, child health and development, and family economic self-sufficiency. Research shows this model:
Improves maternal and child health by decreasing the likelihood of anxiety and depression, reducing the prevalence of pregnancy complications, and decreasing the rate of maternal mortality.
- NFP participation reduces smoking during pregnancy, pregnancy complications, childhood injuries, use of subsidized childcare, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), preterm first births, and infant deaths. It also improves language development, likelihood of breastfeeding, and compliance with immunizations [Miller, T. R. (2015). Projected Outcomes of Nurse-Family Partnership Home Visitation During 1996–2013, USA. Prevention Science, 16(6), 765-777. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-015-0572-9]
- NFP significantly lowers mother’s incidence of preterm births [Thorland, W., & Currie, D. W. (2017). Status of Birth Outcomes in Clients of the Nurse-Family Partnership. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(5), 995-1001. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-017-2267-2]
- NFP participation decreases the likelihood of maternal mortality caused by preventable complications. [Donelan-McCall, N., Knudtson, M., & Olds, D. L. (2017). Extending the Analysis of Nurse Family Partnership on Maternal and Child Mortality: Final Report. Laura and John Arnold Foundation, 1-54. https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:2c47578d-b4b6-3503-8429-3a2a2c9f0852]
Increases economic self-sufficiency by improving first-time mothers’ employment status and educational attainment.
- NFP improves the employment status, educational attainment, and economic self-sufficiency of first-time mothers. [Flowers, M., Sainer, S., Stoneburner, A., & Thorland, W. (2020). Education and Employment Outcomes in Clients of the Nurse–Family Partnership. Public Health Nursing, 37(2), 206-214. https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12711]