First-time parents who were were counseled at home were less likely to bring babies to the doctor or the emergency room, according to research published in Pediatrics and described on

To determine whether a universal model that included a nurse–parent educator team visiting homes reduced health care facility visits during a child’s first year, the researchers enrolled families of first-time parents living in the Santa Fe, N.M. area into a randomized, clinical, single-site trial of the First Born Program between January 2010 and November 2013. The First Born Program home team included a nurse or health care professional who visited families postpartum and delivered the medical components of the program curriculum and a parent educator who visited families to deliver nonmedical curriculum components.