Health Secretary visits teen parent project

by Sep 21, 2010 No Comments

 

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has met some of the first babies born to young mums taking part in the pilot of a US-inspired programme, which supports first-time parents under the age of 19.

 

A total of 55 babies have so far been born to the 131 families currently taking part in the Family Nurse Partnership Programme, which is being tested in Lothian.

 

Sturgeon called the programme “truly inspirational”.

 

“I know from speaking to the parents involved that they are forming really strong bonds with the nurses from the project which is giving them the support and help they need to make the right choices for their children.”

 

The programme in America has achieved some “fantastic” results for parents and their children, she said, such as improving prenatal health, increasing employment for young mothers, reducing the number of unintended pregnancies and helping to reduce child neglect.

 

She added: "Intervening at the earliest opportunity to improve children's wellbeing is absolutely crucial to improving Scotland's health in the long-term and I am confident that the benefits seen in the US thanks to this programme will also be seen in Scotland."

 

Read our exclusive interviews with the programme’s American founder, Professor David Olds, and NHS Lothian’s Nurse Director, Melanie Hornett,  who is leading the pilot in Scotland, here. 

 

Katie Mackintosh Katie Mackintosh

Katie is Holyrood magazine's Health Correspondent and has been with the magazine since 2005. She has an MA in Sociology with Gender from Edinburgh University and a post graduate diploma in Journalism from Napier University. Katie has been named PPA Scotland Feature Writer of the Year three times - in 2008, 2009, and again in 2013. She was also shortlisted for magazine writer of the year at the Scottish Press Awards in 2012. An Aberdonian by birth but a Glaswegian by nature, she now lives in Fife with her husband and young...

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