Every expectant parent wants the best for their unborn child. Children First helps first-time mothers make the best decisions for the future of their children.
Children First is a part of the national evidence-based public health program known as the Nurse-Family Partnership. This program has been helping transform the lives of first time mothers in Oklahoma for over a decade.
Children First partners first-time mothers with a specially trained registered nurse who will provide brief health assessments, growth/development assessments for infants, case management services, and health education centered around the mother's needs and desires. Services are provided in the convenience of the home. Program outcomes include an infant mortality rate that is half the state rate.*
The program is voluntary and provided at no cost to participating families. To enroll, one must be less than 29 weeks gestation, meet certain income criteria, and planning to parent for the first time.
To learn more, give us a call at 405-419-4106 or email us at ChildrenFirst@occhd.org.
Enrolled families receive the following services at no cost:
- Brief health assessments
- Child growth and development evaluations
- Nutrition education
- Parenting and relationship information
- Links to other services such as child care, education, and job training
*Services are not intended to replace your health care provider or family doctor
Why Should You Enroll?
Children First wants every first-time mother-to-be to receive early, ongoing prenatal care. Nurses work hard to involve fathers, grandparents, friends and others in the parenting process. By working together, we can improve the quality of life for you and your baby.
Who Can Enroll?
- Women less than 29 weeks pregnant
- Families expecting their first child
- Families who meet income eligibility criteria
Benefits of Joining
- Improved health of child and mother
- Improved child development
- Positive attachments between child and parent
- Reach personal goals
- Identify and use community resources
- Develop strong support network of family and friends
How Do I Enroll?
Please call (405) 419-4106, or you may email us at C1Referral@occhd.org.
For your convenience, visits take place in your home. Nurses are prepared to answer questions and provide activities that promote health and safety. Educational materials are provided to cover topics on personal health, environmental health, adult living skills and parenting skills.
Home Visit Schedule
Visits begin while you are pregnant and continue until your child's second birthday. The visit schedule can be tailored to meet your needs. You and your nurse will agree on the day and time of each visit.
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Children First Brochure
* 4.35 compared to 8/1000 live births for the state, (OSDH, 2010).