HEALTH

Program pairs nurses with pregnant women to improve maternal and infant health

BY Joanna Gagis, Producer/Correspondent |

It’s been two and a half years since some mothers first joined the Nurse Family Partnership program. Now they are graduating, taking with them all of the knowledge that they acquired over those two years about their health and the health of their children. The program identifies moms in the early stages of pregnancy and pairs them with a nurse who makes home visitations. The goal is to help mentor the women through the milestones that they and their young ones should be reaching.

Maternal and infant health has been a key priority of first lady Tammy Murphy.

“This particular program is really special. It’s evidence based,” said Murphy. “And they’ve had years to look at this and really analyze. And it just makes sense that the more people, the more eyes you have on a woman and child, the better chances you are to have a great outcome.”

Sen. Teresa Ruiz introduced a bill that would expand Medicaid in the state so that every woman who’s delivering can have a home visit form a nurse to help with things like nursing or simply answer questions.

As for the first lady, she said she has some groundbreaking new initiatives coming in the maternal and infant health space, although no details yet as to what they will be.