For new moms, Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership helps ensure healthy babies

When Gorety Oceguera-Jimenez became a new mom in September 2016, she had a lot of uncertainty and unanswered questions.

“I had all kinds of emotions,” Oceguera-Jimenez, 30, of Hammond said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Early in her pregnancy, she signed up for Goodwill Industries’ Nurse-Family Partnership, a free program that guides first-time mothers through their initial pregnancy until the child turns 2. Nurses conduct home visits every few weeks to answer questions on having a healthy pregnancy and child development milestones.

Since her first trimester, a home nurse has met with Oceguera-Jimenez every couple of weeks to answer questions, discuss parenting challenges and coordinate doctor visits. A lot of her early questions centered around how to get proper nutrition and how her daughter would grow, she said.