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United States Marine Corps
New Parent Support Program
Yuma, AZ 85369-9132
The New Parent Support Program is a team of support staff — made up of nurses, social workers and home visitation specialists — that focuses on providing individualized support for new and expecting parents. Services vary, but may include home visits, parenting classes, playgroups or prenatal classes. Find out what’s available at your installation. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out a nearby installation to see if they have additional resources.
You may be expecting your first baby or busy with a toddler. That means you have your hands full, and may have questions. Thankfully, help is at hand. The New Parent Support Program is a free service for military parents.
The program focuses on one-on-one support through home visits. Parenting classes and playgroups may also be available at some locations. Staff members include nurses, social workers and home visitation specialists.
Learn more about the New Parent Support Program.
The program’s home visitors understand the challenges of military life. They can share tools for successful parenting during PCS, deployment and more.
New Parent Support Program staff are child development professionals, including registered nurses, clinical social workers, or para-professionals trained in the delivery and practice of established home visiting models.
The program is available to military families who are expecting a baby or have kids 3 or younger. Marine Corps eligibility includes families with at least one child under 5.
Contact your Family Advocacy Program office or Military and Family Support Center.
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 classes and the ability to provide parents with referrals to other resources. The program encourages parents to learn and grow with the goals 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 licensed social workers, counselors, and 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 Class Offerings 2020
Baby Boot Camp
Spend eight hours learning all you need to know about caring for your newborn in the first three months of life. This fun and interactive class teaches about newborn care, attachment and bonding, ways to calm your infant, sudden infant death syndrome, shaken baby syndrome, parenthood, and provides you with community resources. It is best to take this class while you are expecting, but can be taken after your baby has arrived.
A childbirth preparation class that will teach you and your partner what to expect during the last few months of pregnancy, through labor, delivery and the postpartum period. This eight-hour course touches on the last trimester, the birth experience, and what to expect after your baby has been born. It teaches about body changes, breastfeeding and relaxation methods. This class may be taken at any point during your pregnancy, but may be more helpful as you enter your third trimester.
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.
Yuma Regional Medical Center Hospital Tour
This is a tour provided by the health educator from YRMC to help expectant parents become aware of the hospital environment prior to delivery of their baby. This tour walks expectant parents through the steps of their intake into the hospital, delivery and their postpartum stay.
This interactive play group meets weekly to bond with other parents and receive education from one of the NPSP staff. Each week, a different topic is discussed. This group allows parents to have a safe space to ask questions, learn and talk with other parents about their experiences.