NY senator pushes to expand Nurse-Family Partnerships

Pairing specially-trained nurses with high-risk mothers from pregnancy through a child's second birthday greatly improves the lives of both mother and child, a New York state senator argues in a New York Daily News opinion piece. The program, called the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), exists in 43 states including New York, and has been shown over decades of research to significantly cut infant mortality and abuse rates in the home, improve children's school performance, and reduce the number of arrests among participating family members down the road, according to Sen. Daniel Squadron (D). He is pushing for a universal NFP in New York, with the goal of ensuring every eligible first-time mom would be offered the program before her third trimester. Article