Being pregnant with your first baby can feel exciting, but also a little overwhelming. There’s so much to prepare for and know. And you want to be the best mom you can be. What if you had your own personal nurse to support you during your pregnancy and after your baby arrives? The Bright Start program is here to help you be the best mom you can be by making the best choices for you and your family from the very beginning—a bright start can make a big difference!
Bright Start’s Free Personal Nurse Program – Telehealth Appointments Now Available
Bright Start’s free personal nurse program helps first-time moms focus on their health during pregnancy, so they have healthier babies. When you sign up for Bright Start, we’ll connect you to a friendly, caring registered nurse. She will work with you one-to-one, giving you all the support, advice and information you need during your pregnancy and up until your child turns 2.
Telehealth & Virtual Home Visits
During COVID-19, home visits are still being offered in some areas, but many are being scheduled online or via telehealth. You don’t even need to travel to see your nurse — you can connect over the phone or meet virtually!
Telehealth phone calls or virtual visits can be scheduled as a phone call or video chat. They’re set up the same as an in-person visit. Call a Bright Start office near you or send us a message to set up a telehealth appointment or a virtual visit.
Who Can Get a Free Nurse
You are eligible for a free personal nurse if you’re a first-time mom who meets income requirements and lives in one of the nine areas we serve in South Dakota. Visits from your nurse begin anytime in the first 2 trimesters of pregnancy and continue up until your child’s 2nd birthday.
How Your Nurse Can Help
Your personal nurse can help you:
- Access prenatal care and nutrition guidance for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
- Learn about child development
- Feel more confident as a mom by practicing breastfeeding, home safety, safe sleep positions for baby, and much more
- Help you set goals and determine the parenting strategies that work best for your family
- Connect to healthcare, family planning, pediatric care, childcare, early childhood programs, job training, continuing education, and other resources in your community
- Laugh when you’re feeling stressed!
Family and Friends are Welcome
Your baby’s father, family members, and friends are all welcome to join you for meetings with your nurse. Of course, your nurse’s main focus will be on you as the mom – but building a support system will help you create a positive environment for your baby. Because when you’re healthy, confident and have resources, it’s good for your whole family.
Hear from Moms on Bright Start
Here’s what moms say about Bright Start’s personal nurse program.
“I’ve learned so much on Bright Start. It helps me sort through the advice I get from friends and family to help decide what I want to do.”
“I like that someone who knows what she’s talking about…is there to answer questions.”
“My nurse really listens and is open to any conversation.”
“The information I get from Bright Start is just right for her age—potty training, temper tantrums, how she learns. The nurse is very understanding and helpful.”
“My nurse makes sure we get the information that fits what I want to learn.”
“I like being on Bright Start because they try and help me be better than I thought I would be.”
How to Sign Up
The quickest way to sign up or learn more is to call the Bright Start office near you today.
Spearfish & Belle Fourche
You can also send us a message. Just provide your contact info and tell us you’re interested in signing up for Bright Start.
Bright Start also accepts referrals from:
- Healthcare providers
- Clinics & hospitals
- Schools & community agencies
- Individuals (you can even refer yourself)
The Bright Start program implements the Nurse-Family Partnership model and is supported by the South Dakota Department of Health.
For more information:
Nurse-Family Partnership for First-Time Moms
Nurse-Family Partnership for Nurses
Bright Start Children’s Home Society Sioux Falls