The Value of Home Visits for New Parents | With Nurse Bre Tyger

This week on the podcast, we welcome to the studio Bre Tyger, a public health nurse and Community Alignment Specialist with Family Connects, an international program new to the area. Join us as Bre discusses how she helps new parents, observant youngsters, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritionist program, and encouraging new, first-time dads to be involved in the lives of their infants. 

Our Guest: Bre Tyger

Bre Tyger is a Registered Nurse and serves as the Community Alignment Specialist for Springfield Greene County Health Department’s Family Connects program. Family Connects is a free universal nurse home visiting program with a goal of providing support for families of newborns. Bre has worked in community and public health and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit most of her career and loves helping set families up for success. She has been married to her husband for 15 years and together they have two wonderful children.

  • (4:13) As a public health nurse with the health department, we get to see people where they are. We currently go into their homes. We can have real conversations with them … and meet them where they’re at. I think, sometimes in a hospital environment it’s kind of hard to see what’s going on … or what you really need.
  • (9:15) It’s hard to connect with dads (during pre-natal and post-partum appointments, when Dad is often at work), and we do really like working with Mom and Dad because both of them are providing support for this family and this infant. Both are an important part in their lives. 
  • (20:57) Nobody really knows how to be a parent before they’re a parent. You can do all the preparation, you can take classes, you can see other people doing it. But every baby is different, and every scenario is different … every experience is unique.