Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)

Mother and Baby

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 pregnancy and continue to visit until your baby is 2 years old.

Eligibility

Any woman who:

  • Is pregnant with her first child
  • Meets income requirements
  • Lives in Berrien County

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

Program Cost

Nurse-Family Partnership is free to all eligible women.

Nurse Visits

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

  • 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 for your baby to live and play.
  • Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in your 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.

Father Participation

  • 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 carried 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.

Additional Information

For more information or to register, call the Nurse-Family Partnership program at 269-927-5631 to speak with someone about the program.

Berrien County Health Department Nurse-Family Partnership Video