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ANEW ser­vice has been launched in Sal­ford to pro­vide emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port for young mums.

The Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship (FNP), run by Sal­ford Royal and Sal­ford city coun­cil, is an in­ten­sive two-year par­ent­ing pro­gramme for first-time mums un­der the age of 19.

Fol­low­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion from a mid­wife or GP, young mums join the pro­gramme vol­un­tar­ily and ide­ally around 16 weeks into their preg­nancy. As part of the pro­gramme, they re­ceive regular, struc­tured vis­its from a spe­cially-trained fam­ily nurse who uses ma­te­ri­als and ac­tiv­i­ties to guide the young mums to have a healthy preg­nancy and do the best for their child.

In 2013, 163 ba­bies were born to teenage mums in Sal­ford. Benefits of the pro­gramme in­clude im­prove­ments in an­te­na­tal health, fewer sub­se­quent preg­nan­cies and in­creased ma­ter­nal em­ploy­ment.

The fam­ily is vis­ited reg­u­larly by a ded­i­cated nurse un­til the child is two years old, at which point the fam­ily grad­u­ates from the ser­vice and is in­te­grated back to the lo­cal health vis­it­ing team for any fur­ther sup­port.

Sam McVeigh, fam­ily nurse part­ner­ship su­per­vi­sor, said: “We aim to en­gage with the young mums early in their preg­nancy be­cause we want the best for the baby and the mother.

“We want to help them see where they want to go in life and to feel good about them­selves; we aim to guide them through the preg­nancy rather than tell them what they should be do­ing.”

A three-year eval­u­a­tion across the first 10 FNP pi­lot sites in Eng­land showed that 82 per cent of those of­fered the pro­gramme ac­tu­ally en­rolled onto it, clients were more con­fi­dent as par­ents and there was a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of moth­ers smok­ing dur­ing preg­nancy.

The Sal­ford FNP team can sup­port up to 100 fam­i­lies on the pro­gramme at any one time.

● The Fam­ily Nurse Part­ner­ship team, Laura Lundy, Sam McVeigh, Tammy Gorzella, Hi­lary Macleod, Laura McNi­coll, Deb­bie Willing­ton

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