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Partner with an experienced registered nurse at University Health who will provide free support, advice and information to help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby and be a great mom.
What is Nurse-Family Partnership?
Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary, free mother and child health program. If you are a first-time mom, receive assistance early in your pregnancy and continue until your child is two years old.
Invite the baby’s father or family members to participate if you would like them to be present.
Dependable, Supportive Nurses
A knowledgeable, well-trained registered nurse visits your home regularly to help you stay healthy and safe during your pregnancy. Many new moms in the program develop a close, trusting relationship with their Nurse-Family Partnership nurse.
Count on your nurse to help you build confidence and find the tools and resources you need to ensure a healthy, safe start for your baby. Get encouragement and take steps towards a stable life with opportunities for success for you and your child.
Focused Help for First-Time Mothers
Becoming a mother can change your life. That’s why developing skills and finding resources during your first pregnancy is so important. Lessening barriers to health care, increasing self-care and modifying your lifestyle can have a big effect on your pregnancy and baby’s well-being. The program also helps you cope and expand your parenting abilities if you have other children later.
Partnership Goals & Benefits
Transform your life through participation in the Nurse-Family Partnership. Take advantage of the proven program outcomes to positively effects your ability to:
- Have a healthy pregnancy and baby
- Regular prenatal care
- Improve your diet
- Reduce smoking, alcohol and illegal substance use
- Preventive health care
- Become the best mom you can be by learning and practicing childcare skills such as:
- Child learning, behavior and development
- Safe sleep techniques
- Home safety
- Get referrals for health care, childcare, job training and other community services
- Find ways to continue your education and develop job skills
- Achieve economic self-sufficiency
Who Can Participate?
You may receive a referral for the program from a school nurse or counselor, health clinics, obstetricians' offices, family planning clinics or programs that serve low-income women, such as Medicaid or Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
You may qualify for the free program if you:
- Are pregnant with your first child
- Meet income requirements
- Are a resident of Bexar County
- Sign up before your 28th week of pregnancy
If you’re eligible, enroll as early in your pregnancy as possible.