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Oregon's Public Health Nurse Home Visiting Program

Helping pregnant women, families and their babies get the care they need.

Babies First! is a nurse home visiting program for pregnant women and children up to age 5. Nurses visit you and your baby at home and can:

  • Answer questions about how to keep you or your baby healthy, and help know when to see the doctor
  • Sign up for health care and/or the Oregon Health Plan
  • Solve problems, or connect you to services you might need
  • Give information about what to expect as your child grows and develops
  • Check to make sure your child is learning and growing as they should
  • Help you keep your child’s teeth and smile healthy
  • Help you make your home safe for your child
  • Weigh your baby
  • Help with breastfeeding
  • Build a happy, loving and fun relationship between you and your child
  • Be the best parent you can be!

To find out if your county offers Babies First!:

  • Call 971-673-0252

More About Us

Babies First! is Oregon's public health nurse home visiting program for pregnant women and children ages 0 through 4 years and their caregivers with health and social histories that put them at risk for poor health and development outcomes. Working within a public health model, nurses provide over 25,000 home visits to more than 8,000 high-risk infants and children each year in Oregon through this program.

Our Vision

Every family in Oregon who wants and needs a public health home visitor has access to one. Families served by Babies First! feel that their unique needs are being met and that they are supported in living healthful lives. By helping families thrive, we are supporting the well-being of our communities. 

Our Mission

The Babies First! Program is a relationship and strength-based public health nurse (PHN) home visiting program that partners with families to improve pregnancy, family and child health outcomes, and to connect to quality health care and the community supports they deserve. 

Our Goal

The goal of Babies First! is to promote health and well-being during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood through prevention and early identification of problems.