NFP provides so much to babies and their families-from postpartum support to mental health screenings to help with understanding how your baby is developing to just having someone to talk to besides a baby! New moms, and dads, need all the help and socializing they can get, and NFP provides that, as well as someone your baby can grow to know and have a relationship with. Your nurse also becomes a very easily accessible resource for all of the millions of random questions that end up floating around in your brain when you have a new baby!
-Whatcom County NFP participant
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a free, supportive program for women having their first baby. When you enroll in NFP, you are connected with your own personal nurse who visits with you during pregnancy and until your baby turns two years old. This program has been proven to benefit the health and well being of families.
Women who meet all of the criteria below are eligible to enroll in the Nurse-Family Partnership:
Pregnant with their first child.
28 weeks or earlier in pregnancy.
Meets income requirements (qualifies for WIC or Apple Health).
Lives in Whatcom County.
Enrolling in NFP
Enrollment is easy! If you are a first-time mom, call or text Erin Schuldt, our program supervisor, at 360-303-9653 or email us to get started.
If you are a service provider, please refer clients by completing our NFP referral form (PDF) and sending by fax or email. Feel free to call Erin Schuldt, RN to consult on any referrals.
What to Expect
Our nurses have special training to support first-time families. We focus on family strengths, are non-judgmental and believe you are the expert of your life. Your nurse will visit you in your home (or wherever you prefer) about every two weeks during your pregnancy and until your child turns two years old. Nurses are flexible and can work with your busy schedule to find a convenient time to meet.
Your nurse will support you to:
Have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Become a prepared and confident parent.
Build a network of support for you and your baby.
Connect to resources that can assist your family.
Complete schooling and/or find work.
Assist you in your journey towards a happy future.