“‘We have a lot of generational poverty in our area,’ Richardson said. ‘With all of the things that go along with generational poverty, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health challenges and an overall general lack of support are the biggest factors.’
Many first-time parents haven’t had good parenting role models growing up, Richardson said.
Nurse-Family Partnership has been filling the gap for new parents since 2012. Working with first-time moms prior to 29 weeks gestation through the child’s second birthday, each family is paired with a registered nurse who provides regular home visits.”