TULSA — Wearing a tattered house robe and with a cigarette dangling from her hand, the pregnant woman in a low-income neighborhood opened the door.
Would she cut down on smoking now that her first child was on the way, the expectant mother was asked by the visiting nurse?
The response: “This baby has taken everything else from me and she’s not going to take the cigarettes, too, and if you ask me to do anything else I’m going to slap you in the face.”
But then the woman confessed to having abused young children as a babysitter and expressed fears that she would do the same to her child.
That’s where the nurse and Dr. David Olds, to whom the health-care worker reported back, saw an opening. The young woman wanted help, and thanks to a pioneering program called Nurse Family Partnership she received it.