Nurse-Family Partnership Program Helps First-Time Parents Succeed
Local public health units join forces to support new parents through pregnancy and infancy.
Port Hope, ON (August 29, 2023) – The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) and Peterborough Public Health have partnered with the McMaster University’s School of Nursing to deliver the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, an evidence-based home visiting service that ensures young expecting parents who are socially and/or economically disadvantaged can receive personal support during pregnancy and after the child is born up to two years of age.
Implemented in the United States and now within Canada, the Nurse-Family Partnership® Program is a free public health service for pregnant individuals having their first baby who are 24 years old and younger. Those enrolled in the program are visited by a public health nurse throughout their pregnancy, continuing until their child reaches two years of age. Over this time, an expecting parent and the public health nurse may explore topics such as: how to have a healthy pregnancy, preparation for childbirth, nutrition, exercise, parenting, child development, future life planning and accessing community resources.
“This program provides expecting and new parents with the confidence and the tools they need not only to ensure a healthy start for their baby during pregnancy, but to also have a life of opportunities and success for both parent and child,” said Dorothea Service, Manager of Healthy Families and Harm Reduction with the HKPR District Health Unit. “By developing a close relationship with a public health nurse, pregnant individuals and parents can rely on a trusted resource for advice on everything from prenatal support to caring for their child and taking steps to provide a positive future for their new family.”
The HKPR District Health Unit and Peterborough Public Health will join 5 other public health units in Ontario that are currently delivering Nurse-Family Partnership® to support young expecting parents early in pregnancy by providing specific resources for a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and to meet education and work goals.
Who Can Enroll in the Nurse Family Partnership® Program
The HKPR District Health Unit is accepting new parents to the program who are:
- 24 years old or younger
- Pregnant with their first child
- Less than 29 weeks pregnant
- Live in the City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Haliburton, or Northumberland County
How to Enroll
Health care providers and social service agencies can refer a client to the program by completing an online referral form, or through CareDove. Individuals who are currently pregnant can contact the HKPR District Health Unit directly to enroll by calling 1-866-888-4577 x 5003.
For more information on the Nurse Family Partnership® Program visit www.hkpr.on.ca/NFP.