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New course for nurses working with teenage parents

Nurses and health visitors can now enrole on a new training course aimed at helping professionals who work with teenage parents.

The Family Planning Association (fpa) is rolling out the new course "Promoting Choices" across the UK as part of an initiative to reduce the number of unplanned repeated pregnancies in girls under the age of 18.

Promoting Choices has a one-day course designed especially for midwives, nurses and health visitors.

Professionals will learn how to discuss pregnancy with teenagers and how to improve their sexual health.

Claire Fanstone, training manager of fpa, said: "We know that teenage parents are not getting the information they need about contraception and are either not using contraception or using a method that doesn't suit them.

"This is resulting in high levels of second pregnancy, many of which are unplanned.

"Promoting Choices will help attendees work confidently with teenage parents and give them the support and advice they need to make informed choices about their own sexual health."

Road shows start on 18 September 2007 and run until 4 March 2008 in nine locations across England: Wolverhampton, Torbay, Hartlepool, Manchester, Eastbourne, Norfolk, Derby, Leeds and London.

Promoting Choice Training

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