County served: Alachua
The NewboRN Home Visiting Program is a free program offered to all Alachua County women who give birth at a hospital, birth center or home within the county. Within a week after baby is born, a registered nurse will visit you at home to see how you are doing, share information and connect you to services and resources.
During the visit, the nurse will provide information and advice about:
- Calming your newborn
- Bathing, changing and taking care of your newborn
- Eating well to keep you and your newborn healthy
- Ensuring that your home is safe
- Parent-infant bonding and interaction
- Safe sleeping arrangements
The nurse will ask questions to make sure you are doing okay. These might include:
- Are you getting enough sleep?
- Do you have the support you need from family and friends?
- Are you eating well?
- Are you feeling upset or depressed?
Mom will also receive a free Welcome Baby bag that includes items and information for mom and baby.
The Newborn Home Visiting program is a coordinated effort to improve the health, safety and future of all babies born in Alachua County. Goals of the program include:
- Increased breastfeeding rates
- Increase well-child visit attendance
- Increased postpartum visit attendance
- Increased identification of families needing services
- Increased knowledge of things like
- Infant nutrition
- Safe sleep practices
- Home safety
- Bathing and dressing baby
- Umbilical cord care
The program is overseen by Healthy Start of North Central Florida and is a collaboration between hospitals, home health agencies, childbirth providers and social service agencies throughout the county. Funded by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Children’s Services Advisory Board.