Nurse Family Partnership
The rate of teen pregnancy in the US is at a historical low, still roughly 1 in 4 girls will get pregnant before the age of 20. In 2015, that number amounted to 229,888 births. What happens to the moms who do get pregnant too young, too poor, too scared, with no healthcare or support?
Teen pregnancy is closely linked to a host of social issues. Compared to older mothers, teen mothers are less likely to get prenatal care, more likely to smoke and more likely to have a preterm or low-birthweight child. These children are twice as likely to suffer abuse and neglect in the home. All of these factors significantly increase infant mortality or health issues that reach far into adolescence or beyond.
But what about Mom’s future? 15 years old is pretty early in life to give up on your dreams. Only about half of teen moms get their high school diploma by age 22, and 30% cite pregnancy for dropping out altogether. Over 60% of these women will receive public benefits within the first year of becoming a mother.
Our Mother’s Day Movement 2017 beneficiary hits close to home, not only because they are our first US recipient, but because we are Moms who help Moms. Nurse-Family Partnership is an extraordinary organization that has nearly five decades of experience in making a difference in the lives of teen mothers and their babies.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) helps transform the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. There are currently 32,430 families enrolled across 42 US states and the US Virgin Islands. NFP has 1,859 Nurse Home Visitors working to form a much-needed, trusted relationship with first-time moms—instilling confidence and empowering them to achieve a better life for their children, and themselves.
The help of NFP has proven invaluable to these families and ultimately reduced the burden to the community.
- 24% less smoking during pregnancy
- 27% reduction in pregnancy-induced hypertension
- 18% reduction in pre-term births
- 60% reduction in risk of infant death
- 12% increase in mothers who attempt to breastfeed
- 23% increase in full immunization, ages 0-2
NFP FAMILIES & Challenges
Amanda — A Mom at 19, Amanda wasn’t sure how to protect herself and her newborn son from the choke hold of her abusive boyfriend; not until NFP was able to show her an escape.
Jessika — When Jessika got pregnant, her friends doubted she could be a good Mom. She was a recovering heroin addict, after all. And even though she had the support of her family, they knew she was going to need a lot of help.
Sam — After having called off her engagement, Sam realized she would need help with the baby that was soon to arrive in her life. But she needed more help than even she realized when baby Izobel’s kidneys required three surgeries.
Kim — Her Nurse Home Visitor raised a red flag when Kim’s blood pressure spiked during pregnancy. It was preeclampsia. She wasn’t ready for the baby to begin with, but especially not when he arrived two months early.
WHAT WE CAN DO
You can donate to The Mothers' Day Movement and generate funds to aid Nurse-Family Partnership. We need your help to increase our reach to eligible families in need beyond the 2-3% we are currently able to help. There is so much more we can do.
The cost of the NFP program varies depending on the location. For example, the cost of the NFP program in South Carolina is estimated to cost $6,000 per family, and $9,600 per family in New York City. But the cost seems negligible when you consider that a small investment in the lives of these families today reduces the future burden to the community. Just take a look at the staggering statistics.
Nurse-Family Partnership effects a:
- 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect
- 59% reduction in arrests among children at age 15
- 72% fewer convictions of mothers
- 56% reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings
- 67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems at child age six
a smart investment
“If communities are truly interested in making sound investments that will yield high public and private gains in both the long and short run, they would fare far better by investing in evidence- based, early child development initiatives like Nurse-Family Partnership than in professional sports stadiums or office towers.”
- ROB GRUNEWALD Associate Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis