On Saturday, August 13, 2022, Niagara Region Public Health’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) hosted an event to celebrate the program’s first graduates. Thirty-five young parents were recognized for their commitment to creating the best future for themselves and their families.
Introduced in the Niagara Region in 2018, the NFP is a free and voluntary home visiting program for individuals under the age of 25, who are pregnant and preparing to parent for the first time. The home visits are provided by a trained public health nurse and occur frequently throughout pregnancy and the child's first two years of life. The program can help parents:
“Working with a nurse has helped me to be a good parent because she is very supportive. She gives me great tips and advice on the different types of things I can do to help my baby grow healthy,” said B.R., a graduate of the NFP program. “She also advises me on how to take care of my mental health. Which has and still helps me be an even better parent.”
“Strengths that I have developed as a result of the Nurse-Family Partnership is the ability to be more patient and not so angry,” said program graduate, Gabrielle. “New skills that I now use because of the Nurse-Family Partnership are coping skills. I am calm. I am peaceful. I am loving. I am caring.”
Over the past 3 years, with the consistent support of their personal public health nurse, these graduates have worked hard to achieve their personal goals and the goals they have for their new child and family. Through participation in the NFP, these graduates have been able to:
“The Nurse-Family Partnership is honoured to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of these parents with their children, family and friends,” said Rose Burns, the NFP Team Lead. “Being able to connect with the families to support them and watch them grow is a powerful opportunity. There is no way to express the dedication of these individuals. Good luck and congratulations to all the graduates of the NFP!”
The NFP continues to support young people living in the Niagara region, who are pregnant and preparing to parent for the first time. There will be many more inspiring graduates to celebrate in the future!
To learn more about the NFP in Niagara and program eligibility, visit https://www.niagararegion.ca/parents/becoming-a-parent/home-visit.aspx.