Back-to-back crises tested Shyanne Troop, a 20-year-old, first-time mom: her newborn suffered a stroke and her marriage dissolved.
Through each trial, Troop was thankful a knowledgeable and compassionate registered nurse was in her corner.
Since early in Troop’s pregnancy, Kendra French with Nurse-Family Partnership made regular home visits, checking on the mother-to-be’s health and her pregnancy’s progress, and answering questions about childbirth and motherhood.
And when life-shaking challenges arose, French proved to be a friend and lifeline.
Troop, now 22, of Ephrata, is one of more than 250 first-time Lancaster County mothers the program serves, and she spoke at a news conference Thursday launching a statewide campaign to build support for additional state funding of home-visiting programs.