Family Home Visits & Education

Pregnancy 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
Mom Looking at Baby
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 
Mom and Baby LaughingParenting 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.


Nurse Family Partnership

Renville County also partners with Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership, a program for first-time mothers. This is a voluntary program for first-time moms that is offered at no cost thanks to funding support from a variety of other resources. Mothers will have a personal nurse visiting them at home, who can offer education and support during pregnancy and until your baby reaches two years of age. For more information, please visit the Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership website: www.shnfp.org

Incredible Years Parenting Classes
A parenting program for families who want to learn successful parenting.  Parenting is one of the most important jobs you will have, yet has the least amount of training. Do you want less whining. fewer tantrums, less yelling, less guilt? We can help! Incredible Years is a parenting program for families who want to learn successful parenting.