The stress of a newborn in any household can be daunting. Today’s economic crisis has only made things harder for families especially those dealing with poverty, depression or isolation. The sad reality is that many families go through this process alone and do not have the help, guidance and the support they need.
Home Visiting is an absolutely free program that is offered in Delaware to help young or new mothers and their families during pregnancy and for some time after the birth of the child. If you are a first time participant in this program, you might think having a stranger come into your home sounds a little scary. However, what you need to know is these qualified home visitors are there strictly to help you and your family. The qualifications of the home visitors vary depending on your and your baby’s needs, the stage you enter the program and across the different counties in Delaware. Typically the home visitors are registered nurses or qualified parent educators.
The home visitors that will be working with you and your family only want to be of assistance to you and help your baby and family. From the day you begin until program completion, you will have the same home visitor conducting the visits. There will never be any confusion on how far you and your baby have progressed, how your baby is developing, how you are doing postpartum and any special need. By having the same home visitor we also intend for a relationship to develop, so you feel you have someone you are comfortable with to ask for help or advice at all times, in any event.
The intended short and long term benefits of this program are numerous and will last a life time. Having a home visitor come to your home during your pregnancy will help you to have a healthier pregnancy and in turn give birth to a healthier baby. Home Visiting supports your and your baby’s physical and mental health. It aims to have your child school ready while aiding to his or her social well –being.
One of the most important aspects of the program is to promote safety. Home Visiting services support the safety of infants and toddlers and their families. The home visitors are also there to identify concerns and possible risk factors early and support parents to access and advocate for themselves and their children.
To learn more about the benefits of Home Visiting, connect with the Delaware Home Visiting program by calling 2-1-1 Help Me Grow or by visiting HomeVisitingDE.com