Nhechell : Newborn Home Visiting Program

United Way’s 2018 Campaign ambassador Nhechell is a participant in Public Health Partnerships Newborn Home Visiting Program. This program is supported by United Way and provides nursing visits to newborns and their families. The nurse travels to the client’s home to deliver care and answer questions, removing the burden and stress of travel from the family and ensuring prompt reassessment of the baby by a medical provider.  

Nhechell, an Apple Valley resident, recently moved to the United States when her husband accepted a job at Kenyon College. At the time of her son’s birth, Nhechell was still finding her place in her new community and did not yet have a strong local support system. She gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy in May 2018, but was concerned when he did not immediately take to breast-feeding. When she sought out help, she was told that she did not meet the income requirements to receive assistance but was referred to the Newborn Home Visiting Program. Thanks to United Way funding, this program can serve ANY resident in Knox County.

During the visit, the Home Health nurse, Lisa, took a health history, performed a physical exam, and asked for a tour of the home, during which she made suggestions to improve safety. Importantly, Lisa was reassuring, she used scientific medical language to summarize the unclear issue Nhechell described and offered a warm presence, encouragement, and clear instruction for problem solving. The home visit, like all visits that Lisa makes, was a judgement-free environment and offered emotional and concrete support to the new mom. Lisa came to the appointment armed with supplies to improve safety in the home, informational pamphlets, contact information for a new mom’s social group and a breastfeeding resource group, and even signed the baby up for United Way’s Imagination Library children’s free book program. Nhechell found the visit very helpful. “I thought that I am not enough” she said.  "Having a newborn is terrifying especially when I'm a first-time mom. United Way supported me through these difficult times. Their newborn program offers home visits. I get to benefit by interacting with their nurses and volunteers and in a way, it helped me become a better mother."

This United Way partner program gave her resources, skills, and confidence. By donating to United Way of Knox County’s Campaign, you will be supporting the Newborn Home Visiting Program and the other local programs that United Way implements or invests in. Give, Advocate, Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.