Mums graduate from partnership scheme

Family Nurses, Deidre O'Neill, May Anderson and Roisin Neill with some of the mums and babies who have completed the Family Nurse Partnership Programme through the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
Family Nurses, Deidre O'Neill, May Anderson and Roisin Neill with some of the mums and babies who have completed the Family Nurse Partnership Programme through the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
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The first set of young mums to take part in the Southern Trust’s Family Nurse Partnership Programme have graduated.

Twenty six first time mothers who signed up to the programme in early 2013 are now celebrating the milestone of their babies’ 2nd birthdays.

Supported by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Public Health Agency, Family Nurse Partnership has proven to improve health, wellbeing and self-sufficiency of first time young parents and their children.

First developed in the USA over 30 years ago, it is offered to young mums aged 19 and under. The same family nurse visits the mum and her family from early pregnancy until the child’s second birthday, taking them through a range of activities and supporting them with the many issues that families can face.

Congratulating the graduates, Roberta Brownlee, Chair of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said: “Being a parent is so rewarding but isn’t always easy. We were delighted to have a team of Family Nurses to support our young mums to help give their babies the best start in life, giving young parents help with dealing with common insecurities and a place to turn to if they need advice.

“Family Nurse Partnership is a great example of how, through early intervention, we can focus on the future health and wellbeing of child and mother and have a positive influence on the long term outlook for families. We are extremely proud our young parents – all of their beautiful babies and toddlers are true credit to them. We wish them all the very best and look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.”

Applications to Family Nurse Partnership should be made as early as possible in pregnancy (up to 28 weeks). For more, call 02837412259 or email mairead.donnelly@southerntrust.hscni.net