Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Nurse-Family Partnership

Baby Buggy began it's collaboration with the Nurse-Family Partnership in September of 2006.

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a nurse home visiting program, in which nurses work with their low-income, first-time mothers during their pregnancy and for the first two years of their child's life. The general goals of this public health program, run in New York City by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, are to improve pregnancy outcomes for the mothers; improve child health and development by helping parents provide more responsible and competent care for their child; and improve a mother's economic self-sufficiency by helping her develop a vision for her own future, plan future pregnancies, and continue her education and find work. The nurse visits her client every week or every other week, starting by the client's 28th week of pregnancy and finishing when the child turns two years old.

Baby Buggy has been instrumental in helping the NFP nurse home visitors implement their teaching with their clients. A major component of the NFP curriculum is safety, and the items Baby Buggy provides not only help reinforce these teachings but minimize potetially dangerous situations. The items Baby Buggy has donated have been a huge help to Nurse-Family Partnership families across New York City, as attested by many of the NFP nurses, by donating critical items that are costly but necessary in creating a safe environment for a child. Baby Buggy has reduced the financial burden on low-income families and the stress that accompanies that burden. A crib, a car seat, a high chair and a bathtub could easily cost NFP families $500 to $1,000 - money these families simply do not have. When a nurse teaches about safety measures, whether it is preventing SIDS or safely bathing the baby or feeding the baby, through Baby Buggy's support, nurses can provide many of the necessary tools to make sure the child will be safe when she leaves.

To date, Baby Buggy has delivered 82,320 items to 786 families and 842 children served by the Nurse-Family Partnership

If you are interested in supporting the Baby Buggy Nurse-Family Partnership program, please click here

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