Maternal-child health programs...

  1. Help!

    I am looking for programs or initiatives that focus on helping teen or other at-risk new moms make the transition into motherhood - programs that start with the prenatal period and follow the moms/kids until the child's 2nd or 3rd birthday, for example. I'm a student nurse and when I get out of school, I would like to (eventually, at least) work with this kind of program.

    Because it involves both maternal and child health, I am having a hard time knowing what exactly to search for on the Web. I have found one program, the Nurse-Family Partnership, that does this kind of work. Does anybody know of other programs? Is there a particular name or catch-phrase for this kind of nursing initiative?

    Thanks very much,
    Karen

    PS - I am posting this message on several bulletin boards...I figure if I approach it from the different angles of ob/gyn, peds, home health, case management, etc., maybe I can find something!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   wsiab
    Kaiser Permanente offers a great program out here called Early Start, all of their teen moms are automatically referred to it. It starts with prenatal care and includes classes, peer support groups, follow up home visits, resource referrals, etc.
  4. by   KarenAR
    Thanks for that info! I'll have to look into that.

    -K.
  5. by   fergus51
    March of Dimes also has a program especially geared to pregnant teens experiencing violence from their partners.

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