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Home visiting programme for young first time mothers launched

PUBLISHED: 13:14 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 11 December 2014

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Yesterday saw the launch of Bromley Healthcare’s new Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) service.

The home visiting programme aims to help first time mothers under 20 in Bromley and Bexley.

Jointly commissioned by the London Boroughs of Bromley and Bexley, FNP is a free, voluntary, evidence-based programme developed in the US where over 30 years of research have shown significant benefits for vulnerable families.

The well-attended opening event was held at North Cray Children’s Centre, Sidcup.

It included a key note speech from the director of the national FNP unit, Ailsa Swarbrick, as well as speeches from the public health consultant for the London Borough of Bromley, Jenny Selway, and the chair of maternity services liaison for Bexley, Miranda Hamill.

“Through weekly or fortnightly visits from the same nurse right through from early pregnancy until their child is two, this programme can provide young mothers the support they need to give their child the best possible start in life,” said Felicity Akers, provider lead for FNP at Bromley Healthcare.

“FNP aims to improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy, improve child health and development, as well as help parents achieve their ambitions such as returning to education or finding a job.”

Miranda Hamill, chair of maternity services liaison for the London Borough of Bexley, added: “FNP is a unique mentoring service with traditional values in a modern delivery, serving the borough’s younger mothers and their families, enabling and facilitating positive parenting and the very best start for their children.”

Expectant mothers under the age of 20 living in Bexley and Bromley can be referred to the service via their midwife, GP, health visitor or social worker, or they can refer themselves by contacting FNP directly on 07766 762744 or bromh.fnpbromleyhealthcare@nhs.net.

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