Finding out your pregnant can bring on many wonderful emotions, but can also produce fear for the future. Bringing a child into this world is beautiful and rewarding, but it can also be costly. Nurse-Family Partnership provides support to first time parents to help them succeed.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. A registered nurse visits you in your home throughout the pregnancy and continues to visit until the baby is 2 years old. The program is FREE to all eligible women. Any woman who is pregnant with her first child, meets income requirements, and lives in the service area can enroll in the program.

The nurse visits every week or two during the pregnancy and will work on a schedule that works for the both of you. The nurse will help you have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, become a better parent, build a strong network of support for you and your baby, make your home a safe place for your baby to live and play, get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services available in your community, find ways to continue your education and develop job skills, and set goals for your family’s future and find ways to help you reach them.

The program encourages fathers, family members, and friends to be involved in the visits and learn how they can best support you. You and your nurse decide who gets involved. Because you are the one who carries the baby, you are the one who is actually enrolled in the program.

To enroll in the program, call the local Nurse-Family Partnership office at (219) 444-2000. The office is located at 385 E. 84th Drive, Merrillville, IN 46410. You can also sign up online at and clink on “self-referral for first-time moms-to-be.”