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Nurse-Family Partnership® Program

PinnacleHealth's Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) Program provides critical medical and social support to low income, first-time mothers, through home visitation services by nurses.

Some low-income, first-time mothers require extra help and support during their pregnancies and the first years of their child’s life. To help vulnerable, at-risk families in our area, PinnacleHealth’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program provides support, education and counseling on health, behavioral and self-sufficiency issues for new mothers. This voluntary program provides guidance to help ensure the health and well-being of both mother and baby.

The program is available to families in Franklin, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties.

The Nurse-Family Partnership will help you:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
  • Build a strong network of support for you and your baby
  • Make your home a safe place for your baby 
  • Gain access to support services, like healthcare, childcare, and job training in your community 
  • Explore opportunities for continued education and developing job skills
  • Set goals for your future

Families in the PinnacleHealth NFP work together with a nurse who makes regular home visits early in the pregnancy and continues all the way through your child’s second birthday. The goals of the program are:

  • Improving pregnancy outcomes
  • Improving child health and development
  • Improving families' economic self-sufficiency 

Mothers and children who have participated in PinnacleHealth’s Nurse-Family Partnership program have consistently shown the program to be helpful, demonstrating significant improvements in prenatal health, fewer subsequent pregnancies, increased maternal employment and reduced involvement in child abuse and neglect.

Some of Our Success Stories....

D enrolled in Nurse-Family Partnership at 23 years old and 27 weeks pregnant. She had a natural delivery of her 10 pound baby boy at 40 weeks gestation. Her son continues to exclusively receive breast milk at 5 months old. Danita is currently working two jobs to support her family.

J enrolled in Nurse-Family Partnership at 20 years old and 14 weeks pregnant. While pregnant she applied for and accepted a job at Hershey Park. She worked through the summer season. Motivated by her daughter, J re-enrolled in high school to finish her senior year. She began classes in October and plans to graduate in May. J has made it to 39 weeks of pregnancy and she and her boyfriend are eager to meet their daughter soon. At our most recent visit she shared “I don’t know what I would have done without this program.  I am so confident now.”