Wichita County mommies and kids graduate nurse-family training program together


WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Some Wichita County two-year old's and their moms graduated from Community Healthcare Center's Nurse-Family Partnership program at Tenth & Broad Church of Christ in Wichita Falls Friday.

21 first-time mothers took part in the program that brings registered nurses to these momma's homes starting early in their pregnancy and until the child's second birthday.

Kristi McCasland, who works with Community Healthcare said it is like these moms have their own provider to get advice from.

"Somebody that they can call if they have any questions or problems," said McCasland.

Something most first-time moms have.

"Everyone knows it's really hard to be a new mom," said Kati Jones, who graduated from the program. "It really helped, all the questions you had they could answer,"

She said it gave her confidence in what she was doing instead of being scared and unsure.

Jones said her two-year-old Carlisle is advanced in a lot of stages and credits the program for that.

"We were able to really work with him, look at his strengths," said Jones.

Chariti Beavers said she is also seeing a lot of growth in her baby girl Talayiha who was born early.

"She was born at 32 weeks," said Beavers. "They offered me the program, and I said yes."

That is when she met registered nurse Brianna Townley.

"She was great with her, she worked on her motor skills," said Beavers. "She was behind at first, but we worked with her every day and she can now count to five."

Beavers nurse Townley said this program offers something special to all of those involved, adding the nurses become a part of the mom's families.

"We really get to be a part of their lives and get to see them succeed and accomplish the things that they want to accomplish," said Townley.

Community Healthcare helps make these connections happen. McCasland said United Way brought this project to them several years ago, and they just had to be a part of it.

"It's a basic need, these new moms, we don't know anything when we first get pregnant and sometimes we don't have experience."

This is the first Nurse-Family Partnership graduating class, but McCasland said they hope to expand it to other counties so they can continue to assist first-time mothers. She adds right now they have a waiting list to be a part of it.

For those who would like to support this program so they can continue to help moms in Texoma, you can make a donation to the Nurse-Family Partnership or the Community Healthcare Center. McCasland said they will get donations right to the people who need them.

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