A government minister has visited a pioneering nursing project which offers new mothers help following their pregnancies.
Gillian Merron MP, regional minister for the East Midlands, toured the Family Nurse Partnership pilot scheme in Derby.
She met staff and clients at the project, which provides nurse-led parenting support to disadvantaged mothers from early pregnancy until their child is two years old.
The Labour MP for Lincoln also heard about the scheme's role in boosting the confidence and skills of young mothers.
The centre is designed to offer many benefits to parents and children across Derby, including improved antenatal health, a reduction in preterm births, fewer subsequent pregnancies for teenage parents, an increase in breast feeding rates at birth, and a reduction in child abuse and neglect.
The project will participate in national evaluation through Birkbeck College, and also plays a key role in reshaping health-led child and family support services to reflect the needs of local families.
Ms Merron said: "As minister for the East Midlands it is my job to listen to the views of people living and working in Derby and to make sure those views are fully represented.
"I visited the Family Nurse Partnership pilot scheme and was delighted to hear how popular the programme is with health visitors and how many expectant mums would like to take part in the programme."