Some were looking for work, others had jobs; then the COVID-19 Pandemic instantly changed the lives of more than 60 at-risk, first time moms in the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Program at University Medical Center.
Officials working in the program say that the families now struggle to provide their babies with diapers, wipes, lotion and more.
“Most moms were laid off,” said Valerie Watters, MSN, RN, CLC and Supervisor of the NFP Program. “Their partners aren’t paying child support because they, too, have been laid off. Both parents are struggling. Any item is appreciated much. Your donations not
only help the mothers of NFP, but our community.”
The NFP Program pairs a vulnerable new mom early in her pregnancy with a UMC registered nurse.
Each new mother in the program receives continuous nurse home visits until the child reaches two years of age. The Program started in 2010 and is the only NFP home visitation program in El Paso.
“This is precisely what the COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund is about,” said Estela Casas, Executive Director for UMC and El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“This is a great moment for the entire community to stand up for these first-time moms who have
enormous courage against all odds.”
For those wishing to help the new moms, supplies can be purchased by clicking here, the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation registry page at Walmart.
To drop off supplies, residents can contact Valerie Watters at 915-838-5143.
Cash donations to the Foundations’ COVID-19 Compassionate Care Fund can be made online, by clicking here.