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NFP Mother’s Day Letter

Dear Editor,

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the special women in our lives who give so much to ensure we have everything we need. Being a mom is hard work, even for women who have adequate resources and a strong family network. Imagine what it’s like for those who don’t, those who struggle to make ends meet so their children have a better future.

That’s why Edgefield County First Steps joined with others in the community to bring Nurse-Family Partnership to our area late last year. We believe all moms who desire to improve their lives and set their children on a path toward success should have the opportunity.

The Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary, evidence-based program that pairs first-time, low-income moms with a registered nurse who conducts in-home visits from pregnancy until the child turns two. The program has been proven effective in improving pregnancy outcomes, improving the child’s health and development and increasing economic self-sufficiency.

This is a huge commitment. Through the program, many mothers are able to stay in school or remain employed during their pregnancy and after the birth of their child. They also learn the necessary skills and techniques to make sure than their children are ready to start school.

This Mother’s Day, these hard-working women and great moms deserve all the recognition in the world. I want to applaud their efforts today.

Candi Lalonde
Executive Director
Edgefield County First Steps