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United States Marine Corps
New Parent Support Program
Yuma, AZ 85365
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.
The Marine Corps Air Station Yuma New Parent Support Program offers support and education to expectant parents and parents of children under the age of 6 regardless of whether this is the couple’s first child. Services provided by NPSP include in-home visitation, interactive play groups, a variety of parenting workshops and the ability to provide parents with referrals to other resources. The program encourages parents to learn and grow with the goal of enjoying their role and feeling more confident. The confidential services also offer the opportunity to express concerns to and have questions answered by the staff. NPSP staff is comprised of two registered nurses. Participation is voluntary and available to families who live on and off the installation. Being a parent is tough, NPSP is here to help.
New Parent Support Program Workshop & Group Offerings 2022
What to Expect
If you are thinking about becoming pregnant or are newly pregnant, this is the workshop for you. Let us walk you through your baby’s growth and development throughout the three trimesters of your pregnancy. You will also learn all about nutrition, body changes, and overall pregnancy care.
Your due date is quickly approaching and all those questions about labor, delivery and postpartum are racing through your head. Come learn about the stages of labor, types of deliveries, and what changes to expect once your baby arrives.
Baby Boot Camp
Fun and interactive workshop for parents to prepare for the first three months of your baby being home with you. In this workshop, you will learn about parenthood, attachment and bonding, SIDS, shaken baby syndrome, calming baby, community resources, self-care, newborn care, and more.
Relaxation and Breastfeeding
Prepare for your baby’s arrival by gaining hands on experience. Breastfeeding success starts with the information provided in this workshop on topics such as preparing to feed, positioning, milk storage, pumping, feeding patterns, and more. Not to be overlooked is the importance of Relaxation. In this workshop, we will cover topics such as massage, breathing techniques, and other relaxation methods for use leading up to baby’s arrival, during labor, and in the postpartum period.
Yuma Regional Medical Center Hospital Tour
If you have plans to deliver your baby at Yuma Regional Medical Center or if you will be in Yuma County for much of your pregnancy, this tour will help you become acquainted with the hospital environment. The Health Educator from the hospital leads the tour. Dates and times subject to change based on hospital availability and policy.
Play based group for families who have a child in the 0-18 month age range. Come and learn to play with your children, meet other parents, build your support group, and receive education on parenting experiences. Each week will cover a different topic and gives a new chance to ask all your parenting questions.
Home visits allow service members and spouses to receive help with their concerns as a parent or parent-to-be in the privacy of their own home. Home visitors provide individualized family support based on the unique needs of each family. Topics discussed may include, but are not limited to developmental assessment, home safety, how to care for your baby, feeding, toilet training, sibling adjustment, developing a routine and positive discipline.
Office visits offer clients the same services as home visitation, but rather than the home visitor traveling to the family’s home, the family travels to the NPSP offices.