Young mums offered help in Sheffield

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Young mothers in Sheffield are smoking less, less likely to need support from A&E and feel more in control about when to have more children, thanks to their work with family nurses.

The Sheffield Family Nurse Partnership, run by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, works with teenage first time mums to help them be as healthy as possible in pregnancy and to develop the skills they need to look after their children.

A study of the benefits of the programme - featured in the medical journal The Lancet - highlighted that work needs to be done to improve outcomes for babies of young parents but in Sheffield evidence suggests that family nurses are making a difference.

Dipti Aistrop, Sheffield Family Nurse Partnership Supervisor, said: “We have specially trained nurses who work with teenage mums from early in their pregnancy through to when their child is two years old.

“The programme is an intensive home visiting programme which provides the mums with continuity of care, with the same family nurse working with them through the two and a half years.”