The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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February 8, 2013

New program brings support to first-time mothers


CLINTON — “I’m looking forward to offering education and nurturing,” Nurse Beth Meyer said. “There really hasn’t been anything like this. It’s great to be able to reach out right when they find out their life is going to change.”

The program will employ three nurses; so far Cullen has hired two. Through the collaborative efforts of this program and teaming up with Lutheran Health Services of Iowa, the team of professionals will be able to serve 62 women in Clinton County and 294 women in Scott County.

“It will be great to get going and provide resources,” Nurse-Family Partnership Supervisor Yolanda Podolski said. “This is a great opportunity starting for a community from the ground up.”

To be eligible for the program, clients must participate voluntarily, meet the low-income criteria, be a first-time mother and enroll in the program early in her pregnancy, receiving the first home visit by no later than the end of week 28 of pregnancy.

Nurse home visitors and nurse supervisors must complete core educational sessions required by the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office and deliver the interventions with fidelity to the Nurse-Family Partnership model. They will use professional knowledge, judgement and skill to apply the Nurse-Family Partnership guidelines, individualizing them to strengths and challenges of each family and apportioning time across defined program domains.

Setting the standard for excellence, Nurse-Family Partnership transforms lives through the power of relationships serving every eligible family in every community, according to the program’s vision statement. Staff at Genesis and LSI are eager to get the program started and begin helping new mothers as soon as possible.


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