Family Home Visits / Education
Pregnancy is a time of great change and anticipation. All parents can benefit from learning more about their pregnancy and prepare for the birth of their child. Office and home visits are offered or visit with a nurse after your WIC appointment for your convenience.
New Baby Visit
A Public Health Nurse contacts all mothers of newborns in Renville County to offer a home visit. A Public Health Nurse will visit with you about your baby's weight, sleeping and eating patterns, breastfeeding and normal newborn characteristic. Other topics are well child check-ups, immunizations, car seat usage, bonding with your baby, and how to comfort your baby when fussy or crying. The nurse answers questions, connects parents to resources and offers home visits by a public health nurse if needed.
Public Health offers families breastfeeding education, support and connections to resources. In addition to working with individuals, Public Health works at the systems level to reinforce the research-supported belief that breastfeeding is recognized as the normal and preferred method of feeding infants and young children.
Ongoing Family Home Visiting Program
Parenting is one of the most important jobs you will have, yet has the least amount of training. It can be very rewarding, but often challenging. Family home visiting can help to prepare parents for the challenges and provide ongoing support. Home visits are made to pregnant women, newborns/toddlers and their parents, and preschool children with physical or developmental conditions. The goal of the Family Home Visiting program is to foster healthy beginning. The relationships are often long-term visiting with the child and parents until about age two.
Renville County also partners with Supporting Hands Nurse Family Partnership. Nurse-Family Partnership is a national program that partners first-time moms with nurse home visitors. When you enroll in the program, a specially trained nurse will visit you throughout your pregnancy and until your baby turns two years old. During these visits, your nurse will offer the knowledge and support you need to confidently create a better life for your baby and yourself.
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