Child and Family Health

Baby & Me – Tobacco Free

The Baby & Me – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and postpartum women. Smoking during pregnancy is a well-documented cause of premature and underweight
births. Non-smoking mothers reduce the damaging effect of exposure to secondhand smoke on their children.

How the Program Works

Pregnant women enrolled in the Baby & Me – Tobacco Free Program attend four prenatal cessation appointments. During the prenatal period, the participant receives four cessation counseling sessions, quit support education and carbon monoxide (CO) testing.

After the birth of the baby, the mother returns every month for 12 months to continue CO monitoring and, if
smoke-free, she receives a $25 voucher for diapers.

To enroll, contact the Erie County Department of Health or visit one of the other local locations.

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Nurse Family Partnership

For First-Time Pregnant Women

If you are pregnant for the first time and would like to learn more about pregnancy and being a first-time parent, you might be interested in the services of the Nurse Family Partnership.

What is the Nurse Family Partnership? The Nurse Family Partnership is a national program for women who are having their first baby. If you enroll, a specially trained nurse will visit you in your home throughout your pregnancy and will continue to visit until your baby is 2 years old. You and your nurse will decide when to schedule visits. You can join the program as early as you like, but you must join before your 28th week of pregnancy. The program is absolutely free.

What Does the Nurse Help Me With?

  • Have a healthy pregnancy.
  • Become a better parent.
  • Build a network of support for me and my baby.
  • Make my home a safe place for my baby to live and play.
  • Proper feeding and nutrition for my baby.
  • Health guidance for my baby.
  • Referrals for health care, child care, job training and other support services available in my
    community.
  • Find ways to continue my education and develop job skills.

Who Can Enroll In the Program?

The program is open to any woman who:

  • Is pregnant with her first child and is before the 28th week of pregnancy.
  • Meets income requirements.

How to Enroll

Call the Erie County Department of Health Nurse Family Partnership at 814-451-6733 to make a referral for yourself or someone you know who may be interested. A nurse will call you back and explain the program, answer your questions, and set a time for a home visit.

Nurse Family Partnership Referral Form

Want to Learn More?

For more information on the Nurse Family Partnership, visit the national Nurse Family Partnership program page.

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Parent and Child Health, Nurse Home Visit Program

The purpose of the Parent and Child Health, Nurse Home Visit Program is to provide health guidance, support, and education to pregnant women and families.

The goal of the program is to promote healthy children and families. Our Home Visiting Program targets the entire family, but is especially designed for:

  • Pregnant women
  • Families with a newborn or a young infant
  • Single parent families
  • Families with young children who have special needs

Home visit services are absolutely free of charge, and we serve families in Erie County regardless of race, ethnicity, income or insurance status.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I arrange a free visit?
    • Call 814-451-6711 or 1-800-352-0026,
      extension 6711, to speak to the intake nurse, or ask your medical provider or caseworker (from any
      agency) to call for you.
  • What happens next? How is a visit scheduled?
    • A public health nurse will call or send a letter to schedule a home visit at a time that is convenient for you. There is no limit to the number of visits.
  • What do I need to do at a home visit?
    • It’s easy! Have your questions ready for the nurse, and just be ready to listen for helpful health advice.
  • What will the nurse discuss with me?
    • Depending on your needs, the nurse may discuss any of the following:
      • Birth control
      • Pregnancy
      • Baby and child health-care issues
      • Breastfeeding/formula feeding
      • Nutrition
      • WIC (Women Infants & Children program)
      • Immunizations
      • Child growth and development
      • Child safety
      • Household safety
      • Childhood lead poisoning and prevention
      • Any concerns you have
  • What else will the public health nurse do?
    • The nurse may:
      • Weigh and measure your baby.
      • Want to watch your baby eat and play.
      • Refer you to another agency for more assistance.
      • Bring you free educational information to read.

Our Community Partners

  • Social service agencies
  • Home health agencies
  • Medical providers
  • Schools
  • Early intervention
  • WIC
  • Child care providers
  • GECAC
  • Erie County Office of Children & Youth

Parent And Child Health Service Request Form

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about the Parent And Child Health, Nurse Home Visit Program, call the Erie County Department of Health at 814-451-6711.

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