Nurse program expands to northern Idaho

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A program designed to help low-income, first-time moms and their babies is coming to northern Idaho.

The Nurse-Family Partnership is expected to start in Kootenai and Shoshone counties within the coming year, thanks to a collaboration between the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Spokane Regional Health District, which offers the same program in Washington.

The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/qNmfR4 ) reports the program allows public health nurses to visit interested first-time expectant moms every week or every other week until the baby is born. After the birth, the nurses continue regular visits until the child turns two.

Officials say that since Spokane's program began in 2008, it has served 431 families, with 174 families currently enrolled.

In Idaho the program is funded through a federal grant.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com