First Lady of New Jersey, Tammy Murphy, has announced that a statewide universal newborn nurse home visitation program, Family Connects NJ, has launched in select counties, including Essex.
This groundbreaking program connects new parents with a specially trained nurse for a personalized follow up visit at home within two weeks of their child’s birth. These visits are available to all New Jersey families at no cost, regardless of income, insurance or immigration status.
During the Family Connects NJ visit, nurses assess the health of both the parents and the newborn and offer valuable information during this critical and vulnerable time. Nurses can also offer support and information on feeding and sleeping, connect parents to helpful resources in their community, and assist families recovering from the tragedy of stillbirth.
The program is currently offered in Cumberland, Gloucester, Essex, Middlesex and Mercer counties, and ultimately will be available statewide.