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Department of the Air Force
Family Advocacy - Navy
1005 Jefferson Ave
Goose Creek, SC 29445
You may be expecting your first baby or busy with a toddler. That probably means you have your hands full, and may have questions. Thankfully, help is at hand.
The New Parent Support Program is a free service that helps military parents, including expectant parents, transition successfully into parenthood and provide a nurturing environment for their children. Services vary, but may include home visits, parenting classes, playgroups or prenatal classes.
The New Parent Support Program is a team made up of nurses, social workers and home visitation specialists who offer support and guidance by helping parents:
Learn more about the New Parent Support Program and contact your installation New Parent Support Program office to find out what’s available at your installation.
New Parent Support Program staff are child development professionals, including registered nurses, clinical social workers, and para-professionals trained in the delivery and practice of established home visiting models. The program is supervised and monitored at the installation level by the Family Advocacy program manager.
The program is available to military families who are expecting a baby or have children age 3 or younger. Marine Corps eligibility includes families with at least one child under 5.
Contact your installation New Parent Support Program office or Family Advocacy Program office.
Our New Parent Support Program is designed to support those new to parenting or with a newborn child at home. The program offers in-home and hospital visits, telephone consultations and access to a video/book resource library by a certified nurse through the base Family Advocacy Center. They also work with families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program.
The New Parent Support Program nurses are located on both the air base and on the weapons station. You may contact the nurses with the NPSP at the air base at 204 W. Hill Boulevard Building 1000, and by phone at 843-963-6799, DSN 312-673-6799. The Naval Weapons Station office is located in Building 786 on 1005 Jefferson and can be contacted at 843-794-7294, DSN 312-794-7294. Other classes available are prenatal care, infant/child CPR, baby basics and parenting.
Ongoing classes are:
Obstetrician Orientation: Newly pregnant mothers receive briefings from the Health and Wellness Center, TRICARE, dental, family medicine and New Parent Support Program with important information regarding their pregnancy.
Building Blocks for Baby: A class for couples at least 20 weeks pregnant that addresses the many questions about preparing for and taking care of an infant: planning for baby's arrival, what to purchase, preparing for fatherhood, safety issues, basic physical baby care, etc.
Breastfeeding Basics: Join this class to learn about the unique bond of breastfeeding your newborn along with the basics of breastfeeding and, yes, even the role of the father.
Dads: The Basics: This three-session class is strictly for men – those whose partners are pregnant or who have recently become fathers – and is led by experienced fathers. During this class, all aspects of pregnancy and early parenthood will be discussed, with the primary focus on the father's role in helping his partner through pregnancy and caring for the newborn child.
Infant and Child CPR: This class discusses how prevention of injuries and early CPR leads to a healthier outcome for infants and children. Basic home safety is also covered.
Contact New Parent Support for the most up-to-date classes and programs being offered.Some of the military resources NPSP works closely with are:
Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society
Air Force Aid Society
Child Development Center and Child Home Care Providers Program
Some of the community resources NPSP works closely with are:
The American Red Cross
Charleston area Women, Infants, and Children Program
South Carolina Department of Health's Baby Net Program
Department of Social Services and its Division of Child Protection Services
United Way Tri-County Community resource 211 Program
The Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation for Postpartum Depression Support Groups
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Children's Hospital) Angel Wings Support Program