Born Program Services
The First Born® Program (FBP) is a unique home visiting program designed to meet the needs of New Mexican families. All services are free and offered to all women pregnant for the first time and first-time families within the program service areas. Services may begin at any time during pregnancy or at the birth of the baby and may continue until the child is three years of age (36 months), or until the family no longer requests program services.
FBP recognizes that while there are many home visiting components that may be offered, the most effective delivery of information occurs when services are matched to the individual family's needs through the planning process. FBP services are carefully chosen and occur within the context of a trusting relationship where learning and behavioral change can occur. Services are provided primarily in the family home, however, if requested by the family, services may occur in other suitable settings such as the pediatric office, First Born offices, or a park.
Home visits are designed to increase knowledge, skills, and insights into the parenting process while guiding families through the child’s first three years. In addition, a nurse postpartum home visit is offered to all first-time families who deliver or adopt babies.
Families learn about:
• Physical and emotional changes during pregnancy
• Expectations of childbirth
• Encouraging infant growth and development
• Nurturing positive relationships
• Creating safe and stimulating environments
• Selecting toys and books that teach
• Discovering community resources
• Working toward solutions for family challenges
• Opportunities for continuing education and on-going learning