The first set of young mums to take part in the Southern Trust’s Family Nurse Partnership Programme have graduated.
A total 26 of first time mothers who signed up to the programme are now celebrating their babies’ 2nd birthdays.
Supported by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Public Health Agency, Family Nurse Partnership has proven to improve health, wellbeing and self-sufficiency of first time young parents and their children.
First developed in the USA, it is offered to young mums aged 19 and under. The same family nurse visits the mum and her family from early pregnancy until the child’s second birthday, offering a range of activities and support.
Roberta Brownlee, Chair of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: “Being a parent is so rewarding but isn’t always easy. We were delighted to have a team of Family Nurses to support our young mums to help give their babies the best start in life, giving young parents help with dealing with common insecurities and a place to turn to if they need advice.”
“Family Nurse Partnership is a great example of how... we can focus on the future health and wellbeing of child and mother and have a positive influence on the long term outlook for families.”
Applications to Family Nurse Partnership should be made as early as possible in pregnancy (up to 28 weeks). For more, call 028 3741 2259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org