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 2 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 toward 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.