It’s nappy days as mums cel­e­brate end of project

Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship suc­cess for young women

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - David Camp­bell

Nearly 100 beam­ing young mums cel­e­brated as they com­pleted an in­no­va­tive project aimed at giv­ing them the best pos­si­ble start in moth­er­hood.

The mums from across Ren­frew­shire gath­ered at the La­goon Cen­tre, Pais­ley, to mark the end of the Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship pro­gramme.

The scheme aims to help Ren­frew­shire women aged 19 and un­der ex­pect­ing their first child through the first tricky days of par­ent­hood.

And to help cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, there was fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment de­signed to de­velop bonds be­tween par­ents and young chil­dren.

David Leese, Ren­frew­shire HSCP chief of­fi­cer, con­grat­u­lated the young women on grad­u­at­ing from the pro­gramme.

There was also a cel­e­bra­tion lunch and baby disco fol­lowed by the present at i o n o f cer­tifi­cates.

A fun pho­to­booth was pro­vided to en­sure ev­ery­one could get some mem­o­rable pho­tos and staff were able to get im­por­tant feed­back from the grad­u­ates about the event and their FNP jour­ney.

Anne Burns, FNP su­per­vi­sor for Ren­frew­shire, East Ren­frew­shire and In­ver­clyde, said: “The Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship works with the strengths of the moth­ers and en­cour­ages them to ful­fil their as­pi­ra­tions for both their baby and them­selves.

“Around 95 young mums and their chil­dren are in­volved in the Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship in Ren­frew­shire and events like this party can play a part in a child’s devel­op­ment and it was good to wel­come so many along.

“We wanted to cel­e­brate all the good work these young peo­ple have ac­com­plished over the last two years.

“The grad­u­a­tion party will be a great way to mark their progress and let them meet other fam­i­lies who have ben­e­fit­ted from the ser­vice.”

The mums start the FNP pro­gramme, which is based around the fu­ture health and well­be­ing of their child, in early preg­nancy and par­tic­i­pate in a sched­ule of reg­u­lar home vis­its which con­tin­ues un­til the child is two years old.

Those us­ing the ser­vice de­cide along with their fam­ily nurse what they want to cover in each visit.

Nurses will share a range of in­for­ma­tion on preg­nancy, giv­ing birth, and look­ing af­ter ba­bies and tod­dlers.

The three over­ar­ch­ing goals of the FNP are to im­prove an­te­na­tal health and birth out­comes; child health and devel­op­ment; and to im­prove the eco­nomic self­suf­fi­ciency of the fam­ily.

The fam­ily nurses de­liv­er­ing the pro­gramme are pre­dom­i­nantly f rom health vis­it­ing and mid­wifery back­grounds who have re­ceived ex­tra train­ing at an ad­vanced level.

The Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship Team is based at Ren­frew Health and So­cial Work Cen­tre, 10 Ferry Road, Ren­frew PA4 8RU.

They can be con­tacted on 0141 207 7448 or gg- uhb. fam­i­lynursep­a­rt­ner­ship@nhs.net

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