The Bright Start Nurse Family Program is providing personal nurse support from pregnancy to the child’s second birthday for a growing number of South Dakota women. Pregnant women, family members, friends, and health care professionals can use the Bright Start Referral Form to connect women to services in 19 communities across the state. Women who enroll in the program must live in South Dakota and meet financial requirements.
The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) provides nursing support to expand the reach and value of the program.
“I am amazed with the increased confidence in each of the moms as they grow through these important stages of pregnancy, motherhood, and parenting,” shared Valerie Wagner, RN, SDFMC Home Visiting Nurse. “These moms and their babies benefit in healthier pregnancies, child development, and school readiness.”
Spreading the word and increasing referrals to the program is the next step for impacting lives. Professionally trained registered nurses are now available in Chamberlain, Hot Springs, Pierre, Watertown, and Winner. SDFMC is working with clinics, hospitals, schools, community, and county agencies to create connections and develop a referral system to reach low-income, first-time mothers.
Details for the program and access to the referral form can be found on the South Dakota Department of Health Bright Start website. Testimonials from the site tell the story of how Bright Start is impacting lives.
“I’ve learned so much on Bright Start. It helps me sort through the advice I get from friends and family to help decide what I want to do.”
“My nurse really listens and is open to any conversation.”
“My nurse makes sure we get the information that fits what I want to learn.”
“I like being on Bright Start because they try and help me be better than I thought I would be.”