Nurse-Family Partnership works by having specially trained nurses regularly visit first-time moms-to-be, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing after the baby is born.

    Our goals are to improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care, and improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.

    Nurse-Family Partnership is a national, evidence-based program currently serving 42 states.



    Nationally, nurse visited mothers and babies have:

    • Decreases in prenatal cigarette smoking
    • Fewer hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
    • Fewer closely-spaced subsequent pregnancies
    • Improved diet
    • Fewer preterm births
    • More mothers breastfeeding at 6 months
    • More infants immunized at 6 months
    • Reductions in child abuse and neglect
    • Reduction in health-care encounters for injuries
    • Improved school readiness
    • Reduction in use of welfare and other government assistance
    • Greater employment for the mothers
    • Increase in father presence and partner stability

    In its first year and a half, the Nurse-Family Partnership of Central Alabama:

    • Saw 98 successful births
    • Expanded by two registered nurses in Jefferson County
    • Fewer closely-spaced subsequent pregnancies
    • Expanded care to Walker County
    • Added psychiatric and mental health resources for mothers
    • Connected mothers-to-be and new mothers to employment resources
    • Decreased pre-term birth rates below the Jefferson County average
  • Impact


    “This partnership is a lot easier. I don’t have to always call the pediatrician when I have a question, and I have had a lot of questions. I didn’t expect this to be so hands-on, but it has been nice to know Brandy since before Aria was here. It’s like we’ve grown at the same time.”

    - Alexus


    “It’s opened a lot of doors for me, including providing resources for jobs. This has given me a lot of helpful information. We get to talk about a lot, and then I share that information with people I know who have babies or are pregnant. Charlotte was very helpful (throughout my pregnancy), and I know it will continue to be helpful to have someone to talk to instead of Google.”

    - Jametta

  • Our Nurses

    Photo of Kaylee Baswell
    Kaylee Baswell, BSN, RN
    Photo of Kim Boles
    Kim Boles, BSN, RN
    Photo of Lauren Crawford
    Lauren Crawford, BSN, RN
    Photo of Raven England
    Raven England, BSN, RN
    Photo of Karmie Johnson
    Karmie Johnson, DNP, CRNP
    Photo of Candace Knight
    Candace Knight, PhD, RN
    Photo of Brandi Moore
    Brandi Moore, BSN, RN
    Photo of Michelle Peterson
    Michelle Peterson, BSN, RN
    Photo of Charlotte Walton
    Charlotte Walton, BSN, RN
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  • News

    Nurse Family Partnership graduates first class

    Nurse Family Partnership graduates first class

    Has seen more than 100 successful births since beginning nearly three years ago.

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    Expanding care to at-risk families

    Expanding care to at-risk families

    The Nurse Family Partnership of Central Alabama, administered by the UAB School of Nursing, now provides mental health care services to clients to help families achieve emotional wellbeing.

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    Quilts give comfort through community

    Quilts give comfort through community

    Community groups donate quilts for first-time mothers in Nurse-Family Partnership program

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    More Nurse-Family Partnership News

  • Contact Us

    Candace Knight, PhD, RN

    Candace Knight, PhD, RN

    Director, Nurse Family Partnership of Central Alabama

    Email: knightc@uab.edu

    Call or Text: 205.597.3741