Family Nurse Partnership is a voluntary home visiting programme for first time young mothers (and fathers) aged 19 or under. A specially trained family nurse visits the young mother regularly, from early in pregnancy until the child is two.
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Family nurses work with young mothers and fathers to enable them to:
- build positive relationships with their baby and understand their baby’s needs
- make the lifestyle choices that will give their child the best possible start in life
- build their self-efficacy (belief and ability to plan and achieve their goals)
- build positive relationships with others, modelled by building a positive relationship with the family nurse
Family nurses will regularly visit clients at home (every 1 – 2 weeks) from early in pregnancy until their child is two years old. Home visits usually last between an hour and an hour and a half.
The family nurse will share ideas with clients and decide together which topic would be most helpful for each visit. Example topics for home visits include:
- keeping healthy in pregnancy
- preparing for labour
- supporting their baby to grow and learn
- planning to meet their life goals
The programme goals are to:
- improve pregnancy outcomes
- improve child health and development and future school readiness and achievement
- improve parents’ economic self-sufficiency