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Who we are
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a non-judgemental, voluntary home visiting programme which supports first time young mums, aged 19 years or under.
Health in pregnancy, and the quality of the caregiving babies receive during the first years of life, can have a long lasting impact on a child’s future health, happiness, relationships and achievement of their aspirations.
Through the FNP programme, young mums are supported by nurses with specialist knowledge through structured home visits that start in early pregnancy, continuing until the child’s second birthday.
We understand that being a first-time young mum is a new experience and you may have lots of questions. Our programme is non-judgemental and strengths-based and our friendly and professional team will work with you to:
- Have a healthy, happy pregnancy
- Help you develop your parenting knowledge and skills to support your child’s health and development
- Improve your economic self-sufficiency, by helping you identify and achieve your aspirations (eg employment or returning to education)
- Help you develop new skills – so you can plan a great future for you and your baby
- Help you identify your strengths – so you can set achievable goals for yourself
- Build positive relationships with others.
It’s up to you who is there at your visits, so if you want your baby’s dad to join in too that’s fine or you may choose to have another family member with you.
Who is our service for?
The Family Nurse Partnership is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time young mums, aged 19 years or under.
Our service can work in partnership with other agencies to help support you and your baby at this time.
Women under the age of 19 and expecting their first baby are invited to join the programme if they are less than 28 weeks pregnant. You can be referred to the service by your healthcare professional (eg Midwife) or you can contact the service directly.
We will arrange a visit that is convenient for you at your home address and we can then explain what the Family Nurse Partnership programme involves and the support you and your baby would receive from having your own family nurse.