The Family Nurse Partnership is a free and voluntary program for under 20’s expecting their first baby, from early pregnancy until your baby is two years old.
Family nurses are qualified healthcare professionals.
Your Family Nurse will provide you with information and support you to make decisions which:
• Increase your chances of a health pregnancy
• Help you manage your labor
• Improve your child’s development
• Build a positive relationship with your baby and others
• Help you plan for the future
• Enable you to make lifestyle choices that will give your child the best possible start.
• Enable you to achieve your aspirations (such as finding a job or returning to education)
Your family nurse will share lots of information with you about pregnancy, your health, giving birth and caring for babies and toddlers. During the visits they will help you decide what is best for you and plan for your baby’s arrival and your future as a parent. Many fathers to be also get involved and enjoy preparing for fatherhood. We welcome dads or partners to join in during the home visit if you would like them to.
During pregnancy there is an opportunity to look at your physical and emotional health, including diet, nutrition and lifestyle and making sure that you and your baby have a healthy pregnancy. You will also be able to discuss topics such as parenthood routines, breastfeeding and safe sleeping.
While your child is an infant and toddler your family nurse will continue to work with you to help provide information and support on a number of subjects including your child’s health and development, weaning and nutrition, establishing routines, postnatal depression and family planning. You can also talk about childcare, education, housing, finances and accessing appropriate services.
Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a free and voluntary program for first time mums (and dads), offered five days a week between the hours of 8am and 6pm, dependent on need. A specially trained family nurse visits the young woman regularly, from early pregnancy until the child is two.
The FNP program is delivered by specially trained nurses. They use carefully designed materials, activities and evidence-based approaches within home-visits.
Home visits cover 9 prongs and are personalised to each client:
1. Life skills – Cooking cleaning, money shopping travel and looking after yourself
2. Health and Wellbeing – Health appointments and treatments, healthy lifestyle’s, coping with stress and difficulties
3. Looking after baby – Feeding, bathing and other tasks, babies health, preparing for baby in pregnancy.
4. Baby’s Development – Developmental milestones, movement, language, coordination, play and activities
5. Safety and stability - A stafe and stable home, supervising and protecting baby, safe sleeping and feeding
6. Connecting with baby – Bonding with baby, their emotional well-being, enjoying and responding to baby
7. Relationships – Partner, baby’s father, respect and communication, domestic abuse and risks
8. Family and support networks - Family, friends, community, social activities and being supported
9. Goals and aspirations – Education, training, employment, managing your time, childcare.
Visits are offered either at home or in the community setting to suit the needs of the client. These can vary from 1 visit a week to fortnightly depending where the client is on the program.
Non English-speaking clients are offered interpreter service for the duration of the programme as required. Family nurses only speak English.
Our service works closely with a number of other services to ensure you receive the best care and support possible, including:
• midwives and maternity services
• community health services
• health visitors
• specialist nurses
• school nurses
• Early Help
• Youth Services
• Young Fathers Worker
• social care
• housing services, and many more