First baby born through family nurse programme
The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is delighted to welcome the first arrival under its new Family Nurse Partnership Programme.
Baby Jackson weighed in at a healthy 7lb 15oz on Monday 4 February. Both baby and his mum Louise Martin are doing well and are enjoying being spoiled by dad Aaron Moore.
Family Nurse Partnership is a nurse led home visiting programme which proves to improve health and wellbeing of first time young parents and their children.
The programme is offered to young mums aged 19 and under. The same family nurse visits the mum and her family from early pregnancy until the child’s second birthday, taking them through a range of activities.
There are now 30 families from across the Southern area taking part in Family Nurse Partnership since it began in November. All families have been very open to the programme and are engaging well with nurses.
New mum Louise who had a normal delivery says: “My Family Nurse Roisin has been visiting me since I was 28 weeks pregnant and has been a great support.
“She really helped to prepare me for what to expect when I went into labour and since the birth has given us lots of tips on looking after Jackson like bathing, feeding and handling him.”
Family Nurse, Roisin Neill says: “All parents strive to provide the best possible care for their baby and it is such a privilege for me and my colleagues to work with young parents like Louise and Aaron who want to give little Jackson the best start in life.
“We work with parents to help them develop their confidence and skills in looking after their new baby and with mum Louise successfully breastfeeding and hands on dad Aaron giving him plenty of attention, little Jackson is really thriving.” Early intervention is one of the key themes in Transforming Your Care, the review of Health and Social Care for Northern Ireland.
Paul Morgan, Director of Children and Young People’s Services for the Southern Trust says: “Benefits of Family Nurse Partnership include reduction in smoking during pregnancy; longer intervals between pregnancies; fewer subsequent births; better language development in children; increase in employment and; greater involvement of fathers. With such a focus on the future health and wellbeing of the child and mother, this programme proves how early intervention can have a positive influence on the long term outlook for families.”
Applications to Family Nurse Partnership should be made as early as possible in pregnancy (up to 28 weeks). Applications can be received from anyone - any Health and Social Care professional, teachers, a family member or you can self-refer. For further information Tel: 028 3741 2259 Email: email@example.com
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