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CLOQUET - Four months ago, 21-year-old Brittany Bond brought home a little bundle of joy."It's wonderful, I love it it's definitely better than I even expected," Nurse-Family Partnership Client Brittany Bond said.
But during her pregnancy and after giving birth, she -- like millions of other new moms -- was not sent home with a handbook on how to care for a baby.
"It was overwhelming," said Bond.
After many referrals, she enrolled into Carlton County's new Nurse-Family Partnership program that teaches first-time, at-risk moms how to prepare for and take care of their new baby -- helping them with growth and development.
"I've even told my friends before oh I can't wait til my visit with Jenny cause I usually do have a lot of questions," said Bond.
"In doing so we work to develop a strong relationship and that also affects the parents relationship with their child," said Carlton County Public Health Nurse Jenny Goranson.
Every two weeks, Jenny has an hour long visit with Brittany at her home.
She answers questions and gives advice on anything from feeding and sleeping issues to car seat safety and baby proofing the home.
"Jenny's brought a lot of stuff to my attention that I never guess I would have thought about or anybody else would have ever talked to me about," said Bond.
"It also promotes their social and emotional development and even affects things like their ability to be ready to start and succeed in school a few years down the road," said Goranson.
Improving Bond's economic self- sufficiency by setting goals and working towards her own growth are also important parts of the program.
"Jenny's helped me set goals, we've talked about what's important what's not," said Bond.
"It's wonderful to have them see that they have,” St. Louis County Public Health Nurse Sarah Lehrke said. “So many talents and gifts and that they can develop those.”
The visits will continue until Cameron turns two, when growth, confidence and goals are achieved.
"I just feel better knowing that I did enroll in the program," said Bond. "I feel like it's made me a better mom to Cameron since my pregnancy."
Contact Carlton and St. Louis counties if you would like to enroll in the program.