Nurse-Family Partnership

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Nurse-Family Partnership is a free program for women who are having their first baby and who are eligible for WIC or Medicaid.

When you enroll in the program, a specially trained nurse will visit you in your home, throughout your pregnancy and until your child is 2 years old. You will learn how to have a healthy pregnancy, how to care for your baby, and how to develop a plan for your future.

This program is currently available in Chautauqua County and is coming soon to Erie County.

Nurse-Family Partnership is funded by the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program.

Create a Better Future for You and Your Baby

We help moms to become confident, successful parents. By joining our program, you can:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy
  • Become a better parent
  • Build a support network for you and your baby
  • Make your home a safe place for you and your baby to live and play
  • Get referrals for healthcare, childcare, job training and other support services
  • Encourage your child’s development and improve his or her performance at school
  • Find ways to continue your education and develop job skills
  • Set goals for the future and create a plan to reach them

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enroll?

Nurse-Family Partnership is for any woman who is:

  • Pregnant with her first child
  • Less than 28 weeks pregnant
  • Eligible for WIC or Medicaid
  • Lives in Chautauqua County

When can I enroll?

We ask that you contact us as early as possible, typically before week 28 of your pregnancy, so that we can help you prepare for childbirth and support you as you go through the challenge of becoming a parent for the first time.

How do I enroll?

To enroll or for more information, contact Julie Lulek at (716) 923-9784 or at jlulek@chsbuffalo.org.

What happens during appointments?

Your nurse is a support person who will answer your questions, guide you in becoming self-sufficient and connect you with resources in the community.

You will:

  • Learn how to overcome the emotional, social and physical challenges you’ll face as you prepare for a healthy birth.
  • Learn about the birth process and challenges to expect after the first few weeks of delivery, such as postpartum depression
  • Get help finding prenatal care, if needed.
  • Learn how to improve your diet.
  • Learn how to reduce your use of cigarettes, alcohol or drugs.
  • Develop a vision for your future, which may include staying in school, finding employment and planning any future pregnancies.

When are my appointments?

Appointments are available during the day, Monday through Friday. Nurses make every effort to accommodate your schedule.

Home visit schedule:

  • Weekly for the first 4 weeks
  • Every other week until the child is born
  • Weekly for 6 weeks
  • Every other week until the child is 21 months old
  • Monthly until the child is 2 years old

Who can be present at appointments?

We encourage fathers, family members and friends to attend your home care visits and learn how they can support you. You can decide with your nurse who should be involved.

I know someone who would be eligible for this program. What can I do?

If you would like to refer someone to the program, please provide their contact information to Julie Lulek. She can be reached at (716) 923-9784 or at jlulek@chsbuffalo.org.