Family Nurse Partnership


What is the Family Nurse Partnership?

If you are under 20 expecting your first baby, a family nurse can visit you to help you have a healthy pregnancy and enjoy being the best mum you can.  Your specially trained family nurse will help you understand all about your pregnancy and how to care well for yourself and your baby. Your nurse will visit you regularly during your pregnancy and then after the
birth until your baby is two years old.

How does it work?

You and your family nurse will decide together what you will cover in each visit.  Your nurse will share lots of information with you about pregnancy, giving birth and looking after babies and toddlers, helping you prepare well and deciding what is right for you and your family.
You and your nurse will get to know each other well and you will be able to rely on her to help you out if things get difficult in any way.
Your nurse will help you plan for your future. You can talk about childcare, education, training and gaining new skills as well as about housing and finances if you like. Together, you decide what you want and how to make it happen

How will my baby benefit?

You are the most important person in your baby’s life and this programme will help you be the best parent you can. Your nurse will help you make sure that you support your baby to grow, develop and learn. Research has shown that children whose mums have taken part in this programme do better in school.
‘ It’s the relationship between me and the family nurse that makes the difference, we get to know each other in pregnancy and I can ask her anything once my baby is here and she doesn’t look down her nose at me or judge me. I like seeing her every two weeks and feel better after the visit, more positive’
18-year-old mum

What about Dads and Family?

If you would like others in your family to be involved in the visits, we would very much like them to take part with you. Many dads enjoy getting involved.


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