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Paying it Forward: Helping New Mothers Succeed

A female nurse holding a young male patient while his mother smiles at her side
When she first found out she was pregnant, Natausha Smith, BSN, RN, was preparing to finish her nursing degree—not become a mother. Discover how a nurse from the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) gave Natausha the support to finish her nursing degree and become a nurse home visitor herself.

As she progressed in her pregnancy Natausha met with a nurse from the Nurse-Family Partnership(NFP), a free maternal and childhood health program that gives first-time moms valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their babies reach two years of age. The program is free for women WHO meet low-income requirements. Natausha credits her success and strength to the motivation her nurse home visitor, Teresa, provided when she was at her most vulnerable. Because of the support she received from Teresa, Natausha completed her nursing degree and became a nurse home visitor herself.

In recognition of Mother’s Day, we spoke with Natausha about how NFP has helped her find success and help other first-time mothers do the same.

Visit the Nurse-Family Partnership website to learn more about the national program and the public health nurses it employs across 42 states.

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