CHI St. Joseph's Children Home Visiting Program
The CHI St. Joseph's Children Home Visiting Program provides mothers, fathers, and primary care providers with education and support to encourage normal growth and development of happy, healthy babies in positive, nurturing families.
The program focuses on a child’s health and development during the most important period of early brain development – from prenatal to three years of age. First time pregnant women and parents receive weekly home visits by a trained health educator. The visits are an opportunity for new parents to learn about:
- Physical and emotional changes during pregnancy
- Expectations at childbirth
- Encouraging infant growth and development
- Feeding and breastfeeding
- Selecting books & toys that teach
- Creating stimulating environments
- Discovering community resources
- How to work towards solutions for family challenges
- Nurturing positive relationships
- Opportunities for continuing education and on-going learning
All first-time parents, families, and their newborns who live in the Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Luna, and Dona Ana Counties are welcome to participate in this free program. Program participation may begin any time during pregnancy up until a baby is 2 months old. This may be mom's and/or dad's or primary caregiver's first child by birth, adoption, or family/court arranged placement. All first time parents are offered a prenatal (if enrolled during pregnancy) and postpartum Nurse home visit following delivery. Participation continues until the baby is 3 years old.
Please call 505-924-8000 to find out more about the CHI St. Joseph's Children Home Visiting Program. You may also download our Referral Form: click here or for (Spanish version).
*CHI St. Joseph's Children utilizes the First Born program model developed and first established in 1997. The model is outcomes-based.