Nurses for Newborns Foundation provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills. They offer services to families who have babies who are born with medical problems, born to teen moms or born to mothers with disabilities/mental health concerns, or who are born into families who do not have money for even basic necessities. They also donate materials including diapers, formula, baby food, clothing, bedding, and cribs.
Bright Futures serves families for whom poverty is the primary risk factor. In addition to assessment of the mother and baby, the nurse home visitor assesses for maternal depression, risk for domestic violence and risk for child abuse and neglect. Additionally, the nurse identifies resources for the family to contact to assist with meeting social-emotional and child-care needs.
Bridge to the Future
This program serves at-risk families who have "medically fragile" babies which includes babies born prematurely, at low birth weight, diagnosed with Down Syndrome or other genetic disorders, or who have been exposed to drugs and/or alcohol prior to birth. The majority of these families are referred by hospital NICU and nursery staff.
This program serves families headed by a parent or caregiver with intellectual or physical disabilities, or with a diagnosed mental illness. Some caregivers may be referred to this program by the nurse home visitor if she observes that the mother or primary caregiver has difficulty completing routine tasks, including formula preparation and feeding, administration of medications or managing appointment schedules. Nurse home visitors will frequently see clients in this program more frequently to allow additional time for teaching and observation of parenting skills.
Mothers served by this program are teen mothers, 19 or younger at the time of delivery. In addition to assessment and screening offered to clients in other NFNF programs, the nurse home visitor works with the teen mother on school, job, peer relationships and pregnancy planning.
7259 Lansdowne, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 544-3433
Toll Free: 1-800-45BIRTH
Email Claire Devoto
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