Public Health: Home visiting program supports moms in Lewis and Clark County

Amber Johnson

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In June 2006, Marisa Johnson was the brand-new mom of a beautiful baby girl. And like most first-time parents, she had no idea what she was doing. Breastfeeding, in particular, was a great struggle. A single, low-income mom, she had limited support. It was hard, to say the least. This is where her hero’s journey began.

After the birth of her second child in December 2010, nurses at St. Peter’s Hospital referred her to Lewis and Clark Public Health for breastfeeding support. Remembering the great struggle she had breastfeeding her first child, she was relieved.

“With the birth of my second child, when I was offered in-home breastfeeding support, I jumped at the chance to learn from a caring professional.”

Johnson immediately bonded with her nurse home visitor, Brie MacLaurin. Brie recognized Marisa as a wonderful mom with a great head on her shoulders and encouraged her to go back to school to become a nurse home visitor herself.

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