Supporting Hands Nurse Family Partnership

Public Health Nurses Change Lives – Today and Tomorrow.

Jessika and Julie Nely and Holly

Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors are registered nurses (RNs), with experience in public health nursing, maternal and child health, labor & delivery, pediatrics, and other related fields. The nurses have specialized knowledge and training in this evidence-based, community health program. Nurse-Family Partnership nurses help first-time mothers have healthy pregnancies, improve child health and development, and become more economically self-sufficient. Nurses who deliver the Nurse-Family Partnership program in their communities establish trusted relationships with mothers during home visits, providing guidance for the emotional, social, and physical challenges these first-time moms face as they prepare to become parents and prepare their children for successful futures.

Supporting Hands Nurse Home Visitors are located in public health departments throughout the 20 county area.

About Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership:

What is Nurse-Family Partnership?

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.

Who can enroll in the program?

Any woman who:

  • Is pregnant with her first child.
  • Meets income requirements. (If eligible for WIC or Medical Assistance - you qualify)
  • Lives in the service area. (We serve women in 20 counties in Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, and Yellow Medicine.) You are encouraged to enroll as early as possible in your pregnancy.

How much does the program cost?

Nurse-Family Partnership is FREE to all eligible women.

How often will my nurse visit?

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

My nurse will help me:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
  • Become a better parent.
  • Build a strong network of support for me and my baby.
  • Make my home a safe place for my baby to live and play.
  • Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in my community.
  • Find ways to continue my education and develop job skills.
  • Set goals for my family's future and find ways to help me reach them.

We provide realistic expectations, offer options and are empathetic to the client's decision making.