Nurse-Family Partnership

Pregnant with your first baby?

Let us Help.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. If you enroll, a registered nurse will visit you in your home throughout your pregnancy and continue to visit you until your baby is 2 years old.

Any woman who:

  • Is pregnant with her first child.
  • Meets income requirements.
  • Lives in the service area.

You are encouraged to enroll as early as possible in your pregnancy.

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
  • Become a better parent.
  • Build a strong network of support for you and your baby.
  • Make your home a safe place to your baby to live and play.
  • Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in the community.
  • Find ways to continue your education and develop job skills.
  • Set goals for your family’s future and find ways to help you reach them.

Your nurse will visit every week or two during your pregnancy and up until your baby is 2 years old. You and your nurse will decide the exact schedule.

  • Nurse-Family Partnership encourages fathers, family members and even friends to be involved in the visits and learn how they can best support you.
  • You and your nurse decide who gets involved.
  • Because you are the one who carries the baby and you are the first person to take care of your baby, you are the one who is actually enrolled in the program and you are the main focus of the nurse.

Changing Lives – for Generations

Leaders from across all sectors are recognizing the tremendous value of Nurse-Family Partnership, a nurse-led, evidence-based home visitation program.

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Healthier Mothers Deliver Healthier Babies

Nurse-Family Partnership helps low-income, first-time mothers and their families. Visiting expecting mothers as early in pregnancy as possible, nurses help mothers-to-be make informed choices for mom and her baby. Nurses help educate first time mothers with a variety of issues that affect prenatal health — from smoking cessation, to healthy diets, to information on how to access proper healthcare professionals. Outcomes include:

  • Decrease in prenatal cigarette smoking
  • Fewer pregnancy hypertensive disorders, and
  • Fewer closely-spaced subsequent pregnancies

Improve School Readiness

Nurse-Family Partnership can help ensure school readiness for young children born into families at risk, and prevent poor school starts that can lead to a lifelong struggle with educational achievement.

Children who are exposed to substances during pregnancy, maltreated, or cared for poorly early in life have difficulty with learning, memory, and early language development. Neglected children quickly fall behind in school.

Healthy Pregnancies Can Make a Difference

If you are an expecting mom and struggling with depression, or a lack of confidence in being able to manage your life, care at the earliest age can make a difference. Nurse-Family Partnership can help.

For More Information

To learn more about the Nurse Family Partnership Program visit their website at

Please feel free to call us at VNAHSR Bennington at 802.244.5502 or at VNAHSR Rutland at 802.775.0568.