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Nursing scheme to help young mothers

A nursing partnership scheme is to be trialled in Scotland to help teenage mums give their children a better start in life.

The US project will be piloted in the Lothian area aimed at offering dedicated nurses to young mothers who need extra support.

Staff from the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) scheme will visit expectant mums in their own homes every one or two weeks during pregnancy and will continue to visit throughout the first two years of the baby's life.

The NFP nurses will offer guidance on breast feeding, child development, parenting skills, future pregnancy planning, and preventive health measures to first time parents or single mothers under the age of 19.

Help with alcohol or cigarette dependency and nutrition will also be offered and guidance will be available for mothers wanting to go back to education or employment or for those needing financial advice.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon announced the scheme as she visited the already established project in Harlem, New York.

The pilot project will begin in 2010 in the NHS Lothian area, which has high levels of deprivation and accounted for 18% of Scotland`s births for mothers aged 19 and under in 2006.

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