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Tuesday 23 January 2018
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Salford parenting programme celebrates third birthday

Mums, babies and toddlers joined Salford Royal’s Family Nurse Partnership team to celebrate three years since the service launched in Salford.


The celebratory picnic and welly walk, at Buile Hill Park, came during the 10th anniversary year of the Family Nurse Partnership nationwide.

Mums and their children supported by the service celebrate with members of Salford Royal’s Family Nurse Partnership team.
Mums and their children supported by the service celebrate with members of Salford Royal's Family Nurse Partnership team.

When young mums-to-be up to the age of 20 first meet with a midwife as part of their pregnancy, the midwife will arrange for one of the five specially-trained family nurses to get in touch to introduce themselves and the programme.


Taking part is entirely voluntary, but there are lots of benefits to joining the programme which aims to help guide young mums to have a healthy pregnancy and support them to do their best for their child.


Sam McVeigh, Family Nurse Partnership Supervisor, said: “Since the FNP started in Salford inNovember 2014,146young mums and their families have taken part in the programme. Every mother - no matter how old they are - is different and so are their experiences with their babies.

“As nurses, we feel proud and privileged to be part of these young women’s lives as they take on the challenges and rewards of motherhood.”


The programme involves regular visits with a family nurse throughout pregnancy and until the child turns two. The visits involve activities about parent-child attachment, breastfeeding, immunising your baby, child development and school readiness, among other topics.


The programme is tailored around each mum’s needs and could also include help improving self-confidence, or support with issues such as mental health, housing and stopping smoking. When the child turns two, the family can then access the support of the health visiting team.