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Read about our Family Nurse Partnership in yesterday's Observer

The Family Nurse Partnership are an intensive preventative programme offered to first time pregnant mothers. The same family nurse works with families from early pregnancy up until the child is two years old.

The programme's primary focus is the future health and well being of mother and child. The visits do not replace midwifery care but do deliver the Healthy Child Programme. The nurses use FNP programme guidelines, materials and activities to work with the mother, as well, as the father and wider family.

The Family Nurse Partnership is a licensed programme that has been researched in the USA over the past 30 years and is presently being tested in the UK as a Randomised Controlled Trial. Advances in neuroscience and our understanding of pregnancy show how important early life is for the emotional and cognitive development of children.

Pregnancy and child birth are a key time in a woman's life for her to want her child to be happy and healthy. Increasing evidence shows that effective health promotion and disease prevention interventions in early life can produce measurable benefits in health.

The programme works with the strengths of the client and encourages them to fulfil their aspirations for their baby and themselves. This has also been shown to extend future educational achievement, economic productivity and responsible citizenship.

FNP is a distinct programme that forms part of the local preventative pathway (Healthy Child Programme) for children from pregnancy to two years, sitting alongside health visiting and midwifery.

  • Early identification of family strengths and risks
  • Parenting support
  • Health promotion
  • Promoting Partners in Parenting Education (PIPE) to enhance bonding and attachment
  • FNP works with children's social care to protect at risk children

Bringing up baby: new hope for troubled teenage mothers. Read the full Observer article here