Nurses for Newborns®

Last updated: 2015

Model overview

Theoretical approach

NFN was founded in 1991 in response to the frequency with which newborns were being seen in the emergency department within a few days following their birth or discharge from the special care nursery. NFN is based on the premise that home visits to pregnant and postpartum women and families by NFN-trained nurses can help reduce infant mortality, child abuse, and neglect by monitoring child health and educating and supporting parents.

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Model services

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. During prenatal visits, the nurse discusses maternal health and well-being, including nutrition, substance use, and access to routine prenatal care and needed resources. After delivery, the NFN nurse works with the family to develop an action plan for the infant’s health, safety, and optimum development. In subsequent visits, the nurse monitors the infant’s health and developmental progress and the family’s implementation of the action plan. Nurses may also present educational topics designed to address identified issues, build on family strengths, and enhance parenting skills.

The program maintains a donation bank and can provide families with items such as baby clothes, toys, diapers, blankets, portable cribs, and formula as needed. Nurses may also refer parents to other community resources identified through the NFN resources and agencies database, which is updated regularly.

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Intended population

NFN provides services to pregnant and postpartum women and families with children up to age 2 who reside within 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.

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Where to find out more

Nurses for Newborns
7259 Lansdowne Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 544-3433 or 1-800-45BIRTH
Fax: (314) 544-3427

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