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New program gives support to first-time mothers in Amarillo area

First-time mothers in the Amarillo area now have the chance to have a few helping hands come to their aid during some of those trying times.  The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center celebrated its new Nurse-Family Partnership program Friday. A program that's supporting moms, as well as keeping their kids safe and healthy.

A young 22-years-old, Shabrieka Easter is not only battling a hearing disability, she's also seven months pregnant with her first child.

"I know how to take care of my niece and nephew," said Shabrieka. "But I just want to do it on my own and learn how to take care of my own child."

It's new moms like Shabrieka, the Nurse-Family Partnership program is hoping to help.

"The program is designed to serve first-time moms who are vulnerable and in need," explained administrator for the program and Behavioral Pediatrician, Dr. Angela Huang. "So maybe very young moms or moms facing poverty."

"They researched our teen pregnancy rates as well as our child abuse rates and found that we had significant numbers in those areas," added Ruth Whitehead, Supervisor Nurse for the program. "So it was identified that this was the place to have a Nurse-Family Partnership."

Once enrolled, nurses visit the homes of these new moms starting in their early pregnancy stages until the child is two years old. They'll offer advice, answer questions and teach invaluable parenting skills.

"People become self-sufficient," added Whitehead. "They're able to reach their life aspirations."

Helping people like Shabrieka go from waiting and worried, to resourceful and ready.

"One hundred percent excited to be a mom," said Shabrieka. "It's my first child so I just want to show much improved I can be and that I can handle and take care of my own child."

To find out more about the Nurse-Family Partnership program in Amarillo or if you qualify, call their office at 356-5964.

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