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Nurse Family Partnership: Your own personal how-to guide

March 7 is nationally known as Pregnancy Awareness Day and the Lycoming County United Way is helping to raise awareness by spending the month of March sharing knowledge about one of our programs; Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), an affiliated program of the Home Care and Hospice Department at UPMC Susquehanna.

Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence-based home visiting program for first time, income eligible, moms and their babies. Moms of the program are assigned a nurse to help them through some of the unknowns the mother might face through their first pregnancy, birth of their first child and those tender first years from infant to toddler. To be accepted in the program, an eligible mom must be less than 28 weeks pregnant with her first baby and must meet income guidelines as determined by the NFP national service office.

NFP in Lycoming County has five nurses and each nurse manages 25 cases. The Lycoming County United Way funds this program, which supports the nurses and program expenses helping to give the mother knowledge, advice, and a support system. In many cases, the mother does not have the support she needs but, the nurses in this program give her that support, as well as stability and reliability. Each nurse gives moms someone to lean on for help as nurses are assigned to the family for almost three years of their life. They know if the family has a question, their nurse can provide them with an answer, anytime, 24/7.

“Being a new parent can be especially overwhelming. And since parenting doesn’t come with a manual, our moms find trust and comfort in us knowing we are their guidebook, their manual, for the first two years of their parenting adventure. It’s like we are their walking, talking version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” explained Jamie Burns, nurse home visitor with NFP.

Jamie has been a member of the NFP staff for over nine years and has worked with 119 clients.

Supporting the Lycoming County United Way means supporting your community and enabling our organization to continue to fund the critical programs our partners provide. Your investment in the Lycoming County United Way helps insure that people in communities in Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties continue to have these resources available to them.

Questions regarding the Lycoming County United Way or the Nurse Family Partnership program can be directed to Brittany Fischer, vice president for community impact at 570-666-4381 or bfischer@lcuw.org.

To give to the Lycoming County United Way, visit us at www.lcuw.org and click the DONATE button or text LIVE UNITED to 50155.

Lycoming County United Way is a charitable non-profit organization that builds partnerships to solve community problems and raises funds for human service programs. We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. Working with community partners, we mobilize the collective resources in our communities to strengthen families and change the lives of people in Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties. This is done by assessing the needs of each community, generating resources, investing in programs, and measuring results. For more information, visit http://lcuw.org/, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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