Home Visiting for Pregnant & Parenting Families
Wyoming Statute: Title 35, Chapter 27, Public Health Nurses Infant Home Visitation Services, provides financial and policy support for the expansion of the Department of Health's effort to serve families through research-based home visiting models. The legislation requires the Department of Health to provide contacts during pregnancy with eligible women, or where contact was not made prenatally, conduct a home visit following the birth of the baby.
The Home Visiting program is available to all women, during pregnancy and/or following the birth of the baby for assessment, information and referral to community agencies.
The Legislation also mandates that the Department of Health provide home visiting services to priority populations, including first-time mothers.
One model of the home visiting initiative is the Nurse-Family Partnership, which is based on the research conducted by David Olds, Ph.D. and designed for first-time mothers and their families. A specially trained nurse visits families during pregnancy and the first two years of their child's life.
- Improved pregnancy outcome
- Improved child health and development
- Improved life-course development
Benefits to the family are many. Information and guidance are provided, including:
- Making positive choices during pregnancy that contribute to a healthy baby
- What to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery
- Infant health and development
- How to have fun with your baby and develop a very special relationship