Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a home visiting programme for first-time young mums and families. It will help you to:
- have a healthy pregnancy
- improve your child's health and development
- plan your own futures and achieve your aspirations
How does it work?
When you first meet with a midwife as part of your pregnancy, if they think you might find FNP helpful, they'll let the your local FNP team know. A specially trained family nurse will then get in touch with you to say hello and arrange an initial visit with you at home. During this visit, she/he will explain what the programme is and how it all works. You'll have a chance to ask questions and decide if FNP is for you.
If you decide you would like to join the programme, you and your family nurse will meet regularly, at times that suit you. Your visits will start during pregnancy right through until your child turns two. Throughout your journey, you and your family nurse will work on lots of different aspects of your pregnancy together, including: parent-child attachment, breastfeeding, immunising your baby, child development and school readiness.
Your family nurse will fit the programme around you and your specific needs, helping to improve your self-confidence as well as supporting you on other issues such as mental health, anxiety, housing and stopping smoking.