New Mothers Defy the Odds with Free Personal Nurses

Our Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) nurses are a movement of caring professionals who use the whole range of their expertise to help first-time moms transform their lives.

Nurse Georgie McGrady, now in her 80s, is the model of an NFP tenacious nurse. She was one of the first nurses to help start this movement in the late 70s.

Since then, NFP has become an evidence-based community health program with over 40 years of proven success. Nurses trained in the NFP model regularly visit first-time moms-to-be early in the pregnancy and continue through the child’s second birthday.

“You are going on their turf,” Georgie said. “Find out their biggest need and help them.”

The expectant moms get the support they need to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. At the same time, they develop a close relationship with a nurse who becomes a trusted resource they can rely on for guidance.

NFP nurses have the autonomy and flexibility they need to work with vulnerable mothers. They give new moms the tools they need to boost their confidence to ensure a healthy start for their babies and to envision a life of stability and security.

Some NFP outcomes include a 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect, 67% less behaviors and intellectual problems at child age six, 72% fewer convictions of mothers (measured when child is 15), 35% fewer hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and 82% increase in months mother is employed.

NFP nurses also help lift two generations out of poverty while improving pregnancy outcomes and long-term life changes. Every dollar invested in NFP yields $6.40 in return to society.

Georgie has witnessed that social impact in the children she served. Today, they are healthy 30 and 40-year-olds who recognize her around town.

“The best thing is to see the difference it made in their lives,” Georgie said.

NFP is in 41 states and served over 35,000 mothers last year. Our goal is to serve more families, but we need tenacious nurses like you to help with our mission.

Nurses interested in a career with NFP can contact jobs@nursefamilypartnership.org for available job opportunities.

Know a first-time pregnant mom who is less than 28 weeks and low-income who is interested in a free personal nurse? Have her call or text 844.637.6667.

To learn more about NFP, to become an advocate, or to donate and join the Force for Good visit www.nursefamilypartnership.org.

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