Created: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:20:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:11:10 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Mesa County Nurse-Family Partnership held a reunion for their clients and the nurses who guided them into motherhood on Wednesday. Staff members and mothers were invited to the annual barbeque at Columbine Park to reconnect and to let the children play with one another.
Those who attended also brought clothes to either leave with the partnership, or for other mothers to pick up if they needed it.
The Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based community health program with the Mesa County Health Department that helps low-income, first-time mothers in the Grand Valley. They assist with home visits, pregnancy counseling and education.
"After we had [her son], it was really good because it was nice having someone to always turn to when we didn't know what was going on, that wasn't, like, on the internet,” said client Mackenzie Hunsicker. “And there's a million things that can go wrong."
"For our clients that are new moms right now, or who are pregnant, or are just starting in our program, or who have gone through it, that piece of camaraderie and being able to kind of share what it's like to be a new parent.... It's a huge benefit to all of us," said Caileen Smith of Nurse-Family Partnership.
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