- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are highlighting progress in a program aimed at helping first-time mothers to ensure they have healthy babies.

Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn planned to discuss the state’s Nurse-Family Partnership program Friday at Children and Families First, a Wilmington nonprofit that is implementing the program with the help of federal funding.

The program involves nurses making home visits to first-time, low-income mothers to teach them how to care for themselves and their newborns.

Each mother is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing home visits through the child’s second birthday.

Delaware has historically had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation.

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