Nurse-Family Partnership: Help moms now to avoid problems later

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2009 - 11:51 PM

The visiting nurse program for first-time mothers unfolding in Minnesota, has caught Barack Obama's notice.

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carterlily02Jan. 13, 0910:12 PM

Um, if you are an at-risk, low-income white person, then, yes, you get this service. Don't be a douche.

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anichol2Jan. 13, 0910:57 PM

What a great program! I hope some of my Ramsey Co taxes are being used to help this program! A little bit of education and support goes a long way in preventing future problems. Kudos to the nurses and best wishes to the future moms!

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Marky23Jan. 13, 0911:36 PM

... an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of reading the entire article: The research behind the Nurse-Family Partnership is solid,'' said Rob Grunewald, associate economist at the reserve, noting that a $1 investment in the project has yielded at least $3 in savings in government and community costs.

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nojusticeJan. 14, 0912:54 AM

Should not Mothers already know their bodies? Can I get a house call too?

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pdxtranJan. 14, 09 1:02 AM

and one useful result is that the nurse can spot symptoms of postpartum depression or poor parenting skills on the part of the mother before the child is harmed.

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gmamonkJan. 14, 09 4:26 AM

The program should start before the girls become pregnant, then I would say it is successful. Glorifying teenage pregnacies is not a good thing. Yes, I feel sorry for the unborn child and when it is born but it shouldn't get to that point.

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jocroJan. 14, 09 6:30 AM

You could strengthen the program and protect the fetus of the mother if you test for alcohol use. Teenage pregnancies are at a very high risk of prenatal exposure to alcohol. I did not see any mention of checking for alcohol use. Alcohol is much more devastating to the fetus than any other drug or smoking. Research shows that drinking mothers are prone to lie about their drinking patterns. Add this component to the program and the results will show an even greater return on the dollar. The goal should be healthy brains for children.

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nomer15Jan. 14, 09 7:34 AM

This sounds like a great program for new moms. However, as a first-time mother myself, I believe that this program should be expanded so that it's offered to all first-time parents. Adding a baby into any family is stressful, and additional help from a home visitor can be pretty valuable to help detect health problems with mom or baby and assist with adjusting to having a new addition in the family. While it's great that at-risk moms are offered the program, this program should be expanded and offered to all first-time parents to assist them with coping with all the joys and trials a baby brings to the family.

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rushjaJan. 14, 09 8:07 AM

Two years ago I read a fantastic article called "Swamp Nurse" by Katherine Boo. It gives an overview of the Nurse-family Partnership that is hard to get by other short articles. It truly is an amazing program. http://www.newamerica.net/publications/articles/2006/swamp_nurse MN is lucky, we have programs for all parents, of all income levels, in regards to parenting support. Our Early childhood program is wonderful here and all should take advantage of it! If you have worries that you would rather not share in a group atmosphere, let the program know and they will send someone to your home. Programs exist, take advantage of them!

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dt0420Jan. 14, 09 9:17 AM

This program is not glorifying pregnancy... It is merely supporting young first-time moms. The pregnancy already happened. This is secondary prevention.. If you want to prevent pregnancy... it's the abstinence program. They teach it in junior high schools.

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