Our History

About Our Founder

Nurses for Newborns was founded by Sharon Rohrbach, RN, and Robin Kinney in the early 1990’s. Sharon was a nurse in a St. Louis, Missouri critical care nursery.   She was frequently called to the hospital’s emergency department to address life-threatening illness in the infants who had just been discharged a few days earlier. Her vision was to start an organization of registered nurses that would make home visits to provide medical assessment of the infants and education for parents. It was Robin’s vision to help people who are living in poverty that served as the catalyst for the creation of this agency. We have stayed true to that mission, nearly 100,000 families later. But here is what happened next:

 

  • 1991 Nurses for Newborns is incorporated and within a year becomes a registered non-profit in Missouri
  • 1993 NFN invests in technology to demonstrate positive change and allow for reach into both rural and urban communities
  • 1998 NFN becomes a United Way of Greater St. Louis Member Agency
  • 2000 Sharon is awarded the “Robert Wood Johnson Community Leadership Award” for providing access to health care
  • 2001 Sharon wins the “Use Your Life” award from Oprah’s “Angel Network” for founding NFN
  • 2001 A regional office is opened in Nashville, TN
  • 2008 Sharon retires from NFN and Melinda Ohlemiller is named CEO
  • 2012 NFN home visitation model is named a Promising Approach in Missouri
  • 2013 NFN home visitation model is named a Promising Approach in Tennessee
  • 2014 federal clinical trials are underway in both states
  • TODAY NFN provides services in 20 Missouri Counties and 6 mid-Tennessee counties