"She's really girly," her mom Srijana laughs. "As I remember I was not a girly girl, so I'm surprised."
Srijana came to the United States in 2006, and her husband Bobby is an Indianapolis native. They met in Alaska at an international leadership training program and despite vastly different cultural and religious backgrounds, began a long-distance courtship. The
Because much of their work had involved volunteerism, the couple had limited financial resources when Srijana became pregnant. Later in her pregancy—and overwhelmed by Medicaid regulations—she found Nurse-Family Partnership's informational card in her purse:
"My husband had given it to me and said, 'Hey, this is for first-time moms,'" Srijana recalls.
Nurse home visitor Cora Daniel, RN, BSN, was assigned to the family. "I'm from a different country, I'm pregnant, I'm alone while he goes to work," Srijana says. "Cora is like my sister—someone I can share with when my mom is so far away. She gave us so much information."
Cora and NFP also helped the
"Cora gave us both more confidence," says Bobby, who was only five when his own mother died. His grandmother raised him, and his father was uninvolved. Bobby is committed to giving
Today he leads Baby Boot Camp at two Babies R Us locations in addition to his regular employment. Srijana, who earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in her home country, works in banking. Sarah
They also are focused on potty training and getting
"I have a very high respect for this program. I consider NFP as a blessing," Srijana said.