The Well Florida Council and the Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition have launched a free service for Alachua County women who give birth at a hospital, birth center or home within the county. Within one week after the baby is born, a registered nurse (RN) or licensed midwife (LM) will visit the parent(s) and baby at home to see how they're doing, share information and connect them to services. The nurse or midwife will offer a physical check up and answer any questions the new parent(s) may have.
The program’s goal is to increase knowledge on topics such as breastfeeding, self-care, infant nutrition, safe sleep practices, home safety, and bathing and dressing newborns. In order to participate in the program, parents just need to sign a consent form with a Family Partner at the hospital, home or birthing center where they’re giving birth. After that, participants can expect an RN or midwife to visit within one week of the baby’s birth or hospital discharge. The NewboRN Home Visiting Program is funded by the Alachua County Board of County commissioners as recommended by the Children's Services Advisory Board.