We Care across New York for children and their families
Every parent wants the best for their children. Sometimes, though, a child has developmental or medical needs far beyond a parent’s ability to provide. Other times, the parents may lack the resources or tools to meet their child’s needs.
VNSNY offers services for infants and children who require home care, as well as for medically fragile children and those with developmental issues and special needs. Our programs for high-risk families address the barriers that young parents face, giving low-income, first-time mothers the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty. Our work for children and families is supported by donations to VNSNY.
Working closely with young, low-income, first-time mothers—nearly half of whom are teenagers—and their babies in the Bronx and Nassau County, VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is helping to break the cycle of poverty and improve the future for both the mother and her family. In 2019, our NFP program served 983 families—857 in the Bronx and 126 in Nassau—providing the comprehensive support that these young moms need to be healthy and to keep their children healthy, learning, and thriving from pregnancy onward.
The remarkable success of VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership speaks volumes to the power of this evidence-based program, which pairs each mother with a specially trained VNSNY nurse. Meeting regularly with the mother from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday, the nurse monitors the mother’s and child’s health, encourages mother-child interactions such as reading aloud that enhance the baby’s development, and helps the mother plan for her child’s future and pursue her own educational and career goals.
The program is clearly working. Research shows that women who participate in the Nurse-Family Partnership tend to have better prenatal health, wait longer to have another child, and are more likely to continue school and get a job. Decreases in preterm deliveries and reductions in both maternal and child mortality, as well as increased breastfeeding and child immunization rates, are just a few of the NFP’s positive maternal and child health outcomes.
Although Marlenne appreciated VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership throughout her pregnancy and her daughter’s infancy, she realized the power of the program when motherhood suddenly felt unmanageable.
VNSNY’s Maternity, Newborn and Pediatric (MNP) Services provides family-focused home care, including skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy, social work, and home health aide services, to children up to the age of 18 who are facing serious and complex medical needs. Working closely with the families and their physicians to ensure the best possible outcomes, we care for children across New York who are suffering from a wide range of conditions, including complications from premature birth, AIDS, seizure disorders, sickle cell anemia, childhood cancers, cerebral palsy, organ transplants, disabilities, and neurological, respiratory, orthopedic, and cardiac disorders, as well as pediatric palliative care needs. In 2019, VNSNY provided care to over 1,250 children and their families.
We also provide skilled clinical and home health aide services to pregnant and postpartum women—treating postpartum complications, including post-cesarean wound care, as well as high-risk conditions during pregnancy such as diabetes, preterm labor, hypertension, and HIV/AIDS.
Following a devastating brain hemorrhage and a year in the hospital, Julio* could barely move or speak and depended on a feeding tube. VNSNY put together a comprehensive team to help him and his family.