The months from pregnancy through infancy are critical for both mothers and newborns, and can shape the course of the child’s life into adulthood. It can be a critical time for a little constructive guidance, which is provided by a low-profile, but impactful county program.
Newborns don’t arrive with an instruction manual, so first-time parents are usually learning as they go. Supervising Health Nurse Lisa Fredrickson says that’s why the Nurse-Family Partnerships extend through the first 24 months of the child’s life.
During that time, Fredrickson adds, the visiting nurse can model and teach adult stability—another long-lasting benefit of the program.
The Nurse-Family Partnership program originated in Denver and is now being used all across the county. Right now it is serving about 10% of the eligible households in Sonoma County.To contact the program in Sonoma County, call ( 800) 427-8982 or (707) 565-4440.