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Nurses for Newborns®

In Brief

Last Updated

July 2015


Evidence of Model Effectiveness

This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations.


Model Description

Nurses for Newborns (NFN), a nonprofit, community-based organization, developed and administers a maternal and child health home visiting program of the same name. NFN provides services to pregnant women and families with children ages 2 or younger who reside in select counties in eastern Missouri and central Tennessee. The program targets families with medically fragile infants, teenage mothers, parents with mental health concerns or intellectual or physical disabilities, and families with limited resources. The program aims to decrease poor birth outcomes, prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce infant injuries and preventable hospitalizations and emergency department visits, increase immunization rates, and connect families with community resources. NFN consists of home visits with a nurse who conducts maternal and child health and developmental assessments, and screens for risk factors such as maternal depression, stress, and domestic violence. NFN offers services based on an overall assessment of the needs of the child and family, rather than on a set number of visits. Ideally, visits are initiated prenatally and are offered more frequently following the child’s birth. Home visits typically last 60 to 75 minutes. For more information, please read the Model Overview.


Extent of Evidence

Results of Research and ReviewNumber of Studies
Released from 1979 to 2014 8
Eligible for review 2
     Rated high 0
     Rated moderate 0
     Rated low 2
     Additional sources1 0

1Additional sources overlap with another study and are not rated.

For more information, see the study database. For more information on the criteria used to determine the study ratings, please read Producing Study Ratings.


Summary of Findings

HomVEE reports results from studies that meet the standards for the high or moderate ratings. No such studies were identified for this review of Nurses for Newborns.


Criteria Established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Information Based on Comprehensive Review of All High- and Moderate-Impact Studies for this Model
High- or moderate-quality impact study? No
Across high- or moderate-quality studies, favorable impacts in…
   at least two outcome domains within one sample
   the same domain for at least two non-overlapping samples?
Favorable impacts on full sample? NA
Any favorable impacts on outcome measures sustained at least 12 months after model enrollment?1 NA
One or more favorable, statistically significant impact reported in a peer-reviewed journal?1 NA

NA = not applicable.

1This information is reported for all models, but the requirements for sustained findings and inclusion in a peer-reviewed journal only apply to models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials.

Please read the HHS Criteria for Evidence-Based Models for more information.