To the Editor,
Thank you for your in-depth story, “First-time mothers get help with special deliveries,” and your supportive editorial, “Getting a fair start” featuring Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and the difference it is making in my hometown. NFP is an important program, clearly making a measurable difference.
In late September, I had the pleasure of attending a community update event for Robeson County NFP, where they shared some of the progress you highlighted in the article. I also was pleased to learn the Robeson program received a portion of federal funding that will allow it to reach additional families in Columbus County. I can’t speak highly enough about the benefits programs like NFP bring to communities across our state. Because of NFP’s North Carolina presence, we can expect happier, healthier outcomes for the next generations of at-risk families.
As a pediatrician, I know that early childhood experiences, especially having a stable, healthy home environment, greatly shape a child’s development and future success. NFP is an evidence-based public health program proven to change the course of a child’s life for the better through consistent home visits, education and care for first-time, low-income mothers. This program not only improves the lives of children, but also the lives of mothers who may otherwise have limited access to health-related resources and parenting support. In addition to encouraging healthy birth outcomes, NFP’s nurse home visitors also work with mothers to set and achieve goals for their own future, including continuing education and finding work.
By expanding NFP’s reach to help more families, we all will benefit. It is my hope that evidence-based programs like NFP continue to grow in our state and beyond until all families in need have access to its services. Thank you for bringing light to its positive impact on local families.