“We need to start supporting parents with young children . . . It’s common sense to reach out to a young mother. Teach her about changing the baby. Help her understand what all that crying means, and when to get vaccines and check-ups. This program [NFP] saves money. It raises healthy babies and creates better parents.”

President Barack Obama, Speech to the Hampton University Annual Minister’s Conference, 2007

 

Nurse Family Partnership in the Community

Spartanburg and Union counties’ NFP site was established in 2008 in cooperation with Nurse-Family Partnership of South Carolina and officially began serving clients in April 2009. Implemented by Spartanburg Regional, the site is just one of two sites in South Carolina to be implemented by a local hospital. Fully staffed, a dynamic team of four nurses and a nurse supervisor are hard at work serving at-risk families in the county.

A substantial amount of community support comes from agencies, including South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Region 2, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Grant. (MIECHV), United Way of the Piedmont, the Congregational Nursing Program of the Spartanburg Area, Spartanburg Regional Home Health, Spartanburg County First Steps, Safe Kids of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Regional OB and the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Challenges Facing Spartanburg and Union Counties

  • 27% of children (under age 18) live in poverty
  • 22% of births are to women with less than a high school education
  • 9.6% of babies are born at a low birth weight (at or below 2,500 grams/5.5 lbs.)
  • 30% of babies are born to mothers who received little or no prenatal care

Information from “Spartanburg and Union Counties, South Carolina Fact Sheet,” Nurse-Family Partnership, 2014

Nurse Family Partnership in South Carolina

In addition to Spartanburg and Union, NFP programs are in 19 other South Carolina counties: Abbeville, Anderson, Barnwell, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Greenville, Horry, Lexington, Marlboro, McCormick, Oconee, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland, Saluda and Williamsburg.

 

Funding Partners

The Duke Endowment, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, the Children’s Trust of South Carolina and the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation are the leading funding partners supporting NFP sites in the state.

Public Health Program with Proven and Measurable Results

The first NFP site launched in South Carolina in 2008. Since that time, NFP has served nearly 2,000 mothers, welcomed more than 1,100 babies and conducted more than 33,000 home visits. Initial results include:

  • 90% of babies were born full term
  • 86% of babies were born at a healthy weight (at or above 2,500 grams/5.5 lbs.)
  • 70% of mothers have successfully initiated breastfeeding