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Healthy Baby Home Visitation Program:  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 Legislation also mandates that the Department of Health provide home visiting services to priority populations, including first-time mothers.

The Healthy Baby Home Visitation 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 program offers two home visiting models, each with different eligibility and geographic criterion. 

The first model, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), is an evidence-based, community health program based on research conducted by David Olds, Ph.D. and  designed for first-time mothers and their families.  Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy (prior to 28 weeks gestation) and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child's second birthday.  NFP is currently offered in 13 counties.

NFP Goals

  1. Improve pregnancy outcomes;
  2. Improve child health and development;
  3. Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family.

The second model, Best Beginnings (BB), is a model developed by the Wyoming Department of Health which utilizes a research-informed, practice-based curriculum, Partners for a Healthy Baby, developed at Florida State University.  Each mother served by BB is partnered with a trained registered nurse during pregnancy or after birth and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child's second birthday.  BB is currently offered in all 23 counties. 

 BB Goals

  1.  Improve birth outcomes;
  2.  Reduce child abuse rates;
  3.  Strengthen families;
  4.  Improve child health and development;
  5.  Promote family stability and economic self-sufficiency.