Young, first-time mums can now benefit locally from specialist support with a dedicated family nurse.
Available to pregnant women aged under 20, the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is providing support in Boston, Skegness and coastal areas of Lincolnshire.
It is a free, voluntary programme which sees a specially trained, experienced nurse making home visits from the early stages of pregnancy until the child reaches two years old.
The programme supports young mums to have a healthy pregnancy, improves the child’s health and development, plans for the family’s future and supports them to achieve their aspirations.
The programme in Lincolnshire is the 100th site to be launched nationally and is being led by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), with the team supported by Queen’s Nurse and Supervisor Jenny Harper.
She said: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for LCHS to provide intensive support to young pregnant women. Through this programme, we hope to help them to achieve full potential for themselves and their child.
“Throughout pregnancy, the family nurse works alongside midwifery services to provide support. The programme then incorporates the Healthy Child Programme for the first two years of the child’s life.
“Successful FNP programmes have found significant improvements have been made to the health and wellbeing of the whole family.”
The programme also works closely with other agencies including midwives, GPs, health visitors, school nurses, social care teams, schools, children’s centres and voluntary agencies.
Anyone interested in accessing the Family Nurse Partnership programme can ask their midwife or GP for more information, or visit www.lin colnshirecommunityhealth services.nhs.uk.