Regular home visits from a registered nurse provide expectant mothers with a relationship they can count on, allowing them to develop the confidence and skills for parenting and economic self-sufficiency.
How can the Family First Health Nurse-Family Partnership team help me?
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) team provides you a FREE personal registered nurse throughout your pregnancy to offer support, advice, and information to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and become the best mom that you can be. Your nurse will be available to you until your baby turns 2 years old.
Nurse-Family Partnership services include:
- The support to have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby
- Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors on Staff to help with breastfeeding
- Certified Car Seat technician to assist with safe car seat installation
- Spanish speaking in-home interpreter
- The ability to learn and practice things that make you more confident as a mom, like breastfeeding, nutrition, child development, safe-sleep techniques, and much more
- Referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training, and other support services available in your community
- Support to continue your education, develop job skills, or follow your dreams for the future
Who qualifies for the program?
Any woman who is pregnant with her first child, is pregnant 28 weeks or less, and meets income requirements.
What’s my first step to get started?
Please contact our NFP team directly at 717-586-7885 by phone or text.
What should I know/bring for my first appointment?
- The first appointment is usually about 30 minutes where we explain the program and get to know one another. You are welcome to have anyone that you would like join you, or you can meet 1 on 1 with your nurse.
- You do not need to have health insurance to participate in this program.
- We are happy to have your first appointment in your home, at our office, or somewhere in the community.
Which FFH sites are these services available at?
- George Street Center
- Hanover Center
- Gettysburg Center
Why would I want a nurse?
Your nurse’s job is to support you as you grow into a great mom. She will answer your questions about pregnancy and parenting, offer some ideas for ways to encourage your baby’s development, and cheer you on as you reach your life goals.
Is my nurse going to tell me what to do?
No, your nurse is not there to tell you how to parent your child. She is there to support you in your parenting decisions by providing you with current information while still encouraging you to make your own choices.
I already feel like I have plenty of support, and I know a lot about pregnancy and parenting, so why would I need a nurse?
We’re so glad you are feeling confident and that you have lots of support! Your nurse is not there to take the place of your support persons, or to repeat what you already know. She is there to encourage you, answer questions you didn’t expect to have, and give you some new ideas about how to keep your baby safe, and grow him/her into a happy, healthy child.
I heard you were just for teen moms, is that true?
NFP is a FREE program for ALL first-time moms, including teen moms. Any first-time mom-to-be is eligible as long as she lives in York or Adams counties, is income-eligible and is less than 28 weeks pregnant with her first live birth.
What if I’m not comfortable with having a stranger come into my home?
Although meeting in your home is ideal, the nurses are willing to meet you in a public location if that is more comfortable for you. We have done visits in parks, fast-food restaurants, libraries and more.
What if I don’t like the program after I start?
NFP is completely voluntary. You can leave the program at any time without it affecting any other benefits. We offer flexible scheduling, so you can choose when, where and for what length of time you’d like to see your nurse for each visit. We find that once our moms start, they want to stay in the program.