The NEST Partnership is transitioning to a new program called Family Connects, which will debut in early 2024. Family Connects offers a free visit from a registered nurse in your home after your baby is delivered to offer support and guidance about maternal and infant health. Please call 417-874-1220 with questions.
The NEST Partnership provides weekly visits from a registered nurse to qualified families with infants to support you as you navigate life with a new baby. Nurses provide support, answer questions, check on mother and baby and communicate with your healthcare provider. You can call or text your nurse with questions between visits.
We work with families for 3-6 months, visiting in your home weekly for the first 6 weeks, then spacing visits out over the next few months. We focus on five areas of support and education: health, safety, development, parenting skills, and self-sufficiency.
Measure baby's weight, length, and head circumference
Assist with breast and bottle feeding
Answer your health questions and help with any special health needs
Talk about immunizations and check-ups
Help make your nursery a safe sleeping space
Help you identify hazards in your home
Teach you CPR and feeding techniques
Connect you with local experts in home safety
Show you how to gauge your baby's learning and growth
Connect you to other resources, such as Parents As Teachers
Share information about what to expect as your baby grows and develops
Listen to your concerns and help you learn skills for parenting
Invite you to Baby ABCs to learn about infant care
Work with you to list your family's needs and connect you with community agencies that can help
Who qualifies for Infant Care Services?
Infants living in Greene County who are not currently receiving home health care with any risk factors, which include, but are not limited to:
Premature (<34 weeks) or late preterm (34-37 weeks) infant
Term infant with medical condition
Failure to thrive
Concerns with growth and development
Prenatal exposure to harmful substances
Limited social support
Weight gain issues
Parent/caregiver mental health concerns
Parent/caregiver learning difficulty or disability
Cultural/language/age challenges to health communication and learning
Family needs assistance with access to health care or other support services
Complex health, social, economic or environmental issues impacting family health