The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a voluntary programme usually offered to first time young mums (and dads) aged 19 or under.
What is FNP?
We know from research that a healthy pregnancy gives your baby the best possible start in life. The relationship you have with your baby right from the start is crucial for their future health and happiness.
Your specially trained family nurse will help you understand all about your pregnancy and how to care well for yourself and your baby.
Your family nurse will provide you with information and support you to make decisions which:
Increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy
Help you manage your labour
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 in life
Enable you to achieve your aspirations (such as finding a job or returning to education)
Research also shows that mums (and dads) who take part in this programme are more likely to achieve what they want for themselves and their children.
Family nurses support you to give your baby the best possible start in life, which could make a difference to you and your baby's whole life.
Your family nurse will visit you every one or two weeks from early in your pregnancy until your child is at least one year. Home visits usually last about an hour.
You will share different ideas at each visit with your family nurse and decide together what topics to talk about. Your family nurse will help you develop new skills and make plans for a healthy, happy future for you and your baby.