Infant Services

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