Public Health Nursing - Family Nurse Partnership - Livewell Southwest
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an intensive support programme for girls and women up to age 19 who are pregnant and are sometimes facing a range of difficult circumstances, such as homelessness, social isolation, mental health issues, or unhealthy relationships.
200 Mount Gould Road
Our Family Nurses build a therapeutic relationship with clients in order to support their transition to parenthood and help young people become the best parents they can be. They focus on every aspect of parenting, from what to expect in pregnancy, infancy and toddlerhood to breastfeeding, smoking cessation, healthy relationships, managing minor illness and reducing accidents, and supporting child development.
The four nurses, a supervisor and a co-ordinator work with colleagues and agencies across the city including GPs, health visitors, midwives, children's centres, Incredible Years and more, to give the new mums unprecedented one-to-one support until the child is two.
The FNP programme is delivered by the same nurse throughout, she visits every week for the first four weeks in pregnancy, then fortnightly visits until the baby arrives. Following delivery visits happen weekly for six weeks then fortnightly until baby reaches 21 months. At 21 months, visits are reduced until the child reaches its second birthday.
The benefits extend beyond the young mum and her child, reaching the wider community.
The Family Nurse Partnership is for girls and women who are pregnant up to age 19.
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