Nurse-Family Partnership celebrates first class of graduates

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Central Vermont has celebrated its first graduating class of moms and babies at the State House Cafeteria in Montpelier. Nurse-Family Partnership is a national, evidence-based program that supports first-time mothers with education and care to promote healthy pregnancies and empower women to achieve better lives for themselves and their families. Nurse-Family Partnership of Central Vermont is managed out of Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) by Lorna Corbett, RN, BSN, CVHHH’s Maternal-Child Health Manager. There are four other NFP sites in the state, each run by a VNA.“By establishing close, one-on-one relationships with expectant mothers and supporting them through the first two years of their child’s life, we are able to create an environment in which change really can happen,” says Corbett. “It’s a therapeutic relationship based on a foundation of trust that helps build a woman’s confidence as a new mother.”Since February, 2014, NFP of Central Vermont has enrolled 87 clients. In this same period, nurses completed 2,131 visits, and 64 babies were born. The average age of the mothers enrolled is 22 years. At the graduation in June, seven women “graduated” from the program.As part of the program, each soon-to-be mother is partnered with an NFP RN during the second trimester of pregnancy. Together, the nurse works with the mother on nutrition and parenting education, breast feeding, health and wellness, family planning, and goal setting. In addition, there is a focus on connecting new mothers and babies with resources in the community and on encouraging breast feeding.“Many of the women enrolled are able to set and meet personal goals—be that staying at home or re-entering the workforce,” says Corbett. “As a result of this program, we see fewer childhood injuries, improved prenatal health, increased maternal employment, and improved school readiness. This benefits not only the mothers and children, but the greater community.”About CVHHHCentral Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) is a full-service, not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Association committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care to central Vermonters of all ages in the safety and comfort of home. We serve 23 communities in Washington and Orange Counties, Vermont, providing a range of services, including home health, hospice and maternal-child care. In addition, we promote the general health and welfare of the community by providing public foot care and flu clinics, immunizations and nurse consultations for international travel and long-term and private care services. Visit www.cvhhh.org(link is external) for information about programs and services.Source: CVHHH 6.10.2016last_img


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