MORE babies born to young mothers are having a healthier start to life thanks to a new nursing scheme.
Scottish Government’s Family Nurse Partnership currently has 84 clients in NHS Grampian.
The aim is to help mums under the age of 19 having their first child to stay healthy during pregnancy, give their babies the best start and support them back into education, work or training as the baby grows up.
The scheme launched in the North-east in May last year with a team of seven family nurses looking after 41 pregnant mums.
Team supervisor Claire James said the first baby of the group was born in August.
She said: “It’s looking very positive in Grampian with good breast-feeding figures and the number of mums going to full-term.
“The feedback is excellent as mums are really enjoying the arts and crafts and the modelling we do with dolls.
“We’re still in very early days but I’m very excited about the future of the team and I’m hopeful we will expand.”
Claire’s team has nurses in Tillydrone Clinic in Aberdeen, Phoenix Resource Centre in Buckie, Maud Resource Centre and Huntly Family Centre.
They visit mums-to-be and new mums at home every week or fortnight until the baby is two years old.
One mum, who asked not to be identified, said: “I’ve been provided with mountains of confidential support by my family nurse, which has increased my confidence in becoming a parent.
“I believe I can be a good mum as I have become more knowledgeable from the help I’ve been given.
“It has been a huge help and helped me understand everything better and it’s a lovely way to find more about your baby and be aware of what’s happening.