UAB Nurse-Family Partnership Awarded $8.8 million to Increase Maternity Care Access

Jan 10, 2024 at 06:21 pm by kbarrettalley

NFP partners mothers in adverse situations with a nurse.

The UAB School of Nursing Nurse-Family Partnership of Central Alabama (NFP) has received an $8.8 million Integrated Maternal Health Services grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will fund the expansion of the NFP of Central Alabama to 27 additional counties in Alabama within the next five years.

Established in 2017 as a branch of the national Nurse-Family Partnership, the program partners pregnant and parenting mothers experiencing adversity related to economic or social barriers with their own personal nurse. The grant will enhance NFP’s current services and increase access to maternity care in Alabama by fully integrating nurse-midwives into the care team and providing additional behavioral health and primary health care services.

“The mothers who participate in our NFP program have better outcomes in preterm birth, breastfeeding and employment as compared to state and county averages,” said Candace Knight, PhD, director of the Nurse-Family Partnership of Central Alabama and associate professor in the UAB School of Nursing. “NFP moms also have quick access to mental health treatment should they need it and see improvement in mental health screening scores.”

Program nurses connect mothers with vital resources ranging from prenatal care and nutrition to educational and career opportunities to achieve the best possible outcomes during pregnancy, postpartum and parenting. The program currently serves Jefferson, Walker, Winston, Fayette, Marion, Lamar, Shelby and Bibb counties. It has graduated 194 moms since 2020.

The expansion of the program also provides training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate nursing students — including nurse midwifery students — as well as other health professions students.

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