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New Parent Support Program Overview (904) 542-5745

New Parent Support

The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP) is a free, voluntary support service program designed to meet the needs of expectant active-duty military personnel, their spouses and those families with children under the age of four. The program provides prenatal and parenting education to active-duty service members and their families.

NPSHVP's primary goal is to enhance quality of life by empowering parents to meet the challenges of parenthood while maintaining a military lifestyle. The program offers a variety of services, including prenatal health and nutrition consultation, breastfeeding education, early child development education, parenting skills and home visitation services.

New Parent Support Home Visitation professionals are aware that raising a family is very rewarding and can be challenging. The Home Visitors are committed to helping active-duty parents and their children maintain a strong and healthy family.

The NPSHVP consists of a team of professionals providing supportive and caring services to military families with new babies. Program participants can also receive referrals to community programs.

The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program provides support to military families in ways that friends and family would do if you were back home. This program offers expectant parents and parents of newborn and young children the opportunity to learn new skills as parents and to improve existing parenting skills, in the privacy of their own home.

The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program can help you:

Cope with stress

Manage the additional physical and emotional demands of parenting due to separation and deployment of the Service member

Nurture children to promote growth and development

Answer questions about the everyday challenges of parenthood

Provide local resources that can help parents with young children

Enrolling in the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is easy! Contact FFSC at 542-5745 and ask to speak to a New Parent Support Program Specialist.

What You Will Learn:

Becoming a new parent is a time of excitement and anxiety. We can help you develop or improve your parenting skills in the privacy of your own home. Whether you are expecting your first child or already have children through three years of age, your local Fleet and Family Support Center has friendly staff members who can help you become a better parent.

You will learn:

How to bond with baby.

How to child-proof your home and prepare it for baby’s arrival.

The stages of child development.

Skills, strategies and techniques to promote the growth and development of your child.

How to balance the demands of caring for your child with caring for yourself.

We do not have to remind you that raising a family in the military is not always easy. Moves. Deployments. Separation. Stress. Being a single parent has its own set of challenges when taking on the roles of Sailor and parent and trying to find time to take care of yourself. If you are feeling a little anxiety, it really is normal! You are not alone. We can help.

What Will the Visits Be Like?

Expect laughter! This is not a home inspection or white-glove test. If you already have children, your home visitor will probably show up with toys, games and spend a fair amount of time sitting on the floor with you and the kids.

If your child is not yet born, we will provide education on pregnancy, birth and infant care.

We will begin by taking time to learn what you know, what you need and where your concerns are. Then, we will create a schedule of future support visits that fit your schedule.

Prenatal Services

New Parent Support Home Visitation Program offers prenatal information about pregnancy, birth and infant care.

Through the Nurturing Pre-Natal Family Program, both parents will learn how to:

Bond with baby

Nurture themselves and their partners

Prevent drug-related birth defects

Handle stress and anger

Explore their thoughts on discipline

Prevent drug-related birth defects

Use infant massage

Celebrate the birth

Deal with physical and emotional changes

Strengthen the bond with their partner

NPSHVP also has additional information about:

Preparing siblings for a new family member

Resources in your own community

Current hot topics concerning parenting

Information on breast feeding

Resources

Text4baby - supports moms by providing accurate, text-length health information and resources in a format that is personal and timely. The registration process only takes a few minutes.

ZERO TO THREE is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to "promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers." Zero to Three supports military families by increasing awareness and collaboration throughout the military community so that parents and professionals can more effectively care for very young children and their families.

[Video] "Birth to Three - The Defining Years" focuses on the importance of parenting young children, from the Department of Defense.

Little Kids, Big Questions: A ZERO TO THREE Podcast Series on Early Childhood Development - addresses some of the most common (and challenging) issues facing parents of babies and toddlers, such as helping a baby learn to sleep through the night; dealing with a picky eater; and learning to set limits on children’s behavior.

Coming Together Around Military Families

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Recalls and Product Safety News

The Breastfeeding Network - provides support and information for breastfeeding women and those involved in their care.

Answers to your breastfeeding and parenting questions.

Keeping Babies Safe is a free information resource that offers the most reliable crib and sleep safety information, safety tips, and product recall information so parents, caregivers and hospital personnel can remain vigilant about keeping babies safe in their nursery.

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