During the first few weeks after finding out I was pregnant and going to be a single mum at the age of 18, my thought process was completely all over the place. I felt my life would potentially be over and all I would ever be from then on was a mum... I had worked hard for many years at school and college in order to fulfil my dream of...

We’re working with 11 FNP sites from around the country and Dartington Social Research Unit to co-design a number of adaptations to the FNP programme which we will put through rapid-cycle testing over the next year. The ADAPT project (Accelerated Design and Rapid Programme Testing), is part of the wider FNP Next Steps programme.

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Over the last year we have been doing more of a deeper dive into ‘what works’ when it comes to child development. We saw that there were some promising results in the trial and we’ve been thinking and discussing this important element of 1001 critical days. It took us to consider how we use the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) to show...

When I found out I was pregnant, I was 16 and in the middle of completing my GCSE’s. It was a massive shock, and really difficult. I remember being picked up for school and the driver having to wait for me because my morning sickness was so bad, but I managed to get through it, and completed my GCSE’s with some pretty good results. I told my...

I had just started working as a fitness instructor when I found out I was pregnant and I was worried about how I would cope with becoming a mum for the first time. I suffered with anxiety attacks and pre-natal depression, - I felt like one of the unlucky ones. Eight weeks into my pregnancy I was referred to the Family Nurse Partnership in my...

Over the last 10 years I’ve worn a lot of different FNP hats – Family Nurse, Educator and, for the last four years, Supervisor – which perhaps means I’m well placed to reflect on what has been a fantastic  journey.

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FNP is a relational intervention: the intimate bond between nurse and young mother is central to its impact. Any relational intervention is, by definition, personal: a successful relationship is reliant on interactions which are shaped by genuine empathy, sensitivity and responsiveness. Yet FNP is also a manualised intervention, shaped by a...

I was 17 when I got pregnant and my gateway midwife recommended FNP. That’s when I met Sharon, my Family Nurse.

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My 17th birthday surprise was finding out I was pregnant – it was such a shock and I was petrified! I remember lots of thoughts whirling around my head – college is going to kick me out, what do I do, I don’t even know how to change a nappy! Early in my pregnancy, I had a call from a family nurse, Lita, who asked whether I...

When I fell pregnant, I was 16 and coming to the end of my first year of college. I remember that I was starting to feel tired and down all of the time and was struggling to get out of bed in the morning, which I initially put down to the fact I was studying sports. However, after a couple of weeks, my boyfriend kept saying he thought I might...

Cast your mind back ten years. Tony Blair was still Prime Minister, the iPhone had yet to be unveiled and smoking in enclosed places was still legal.  It is also ten years ago today that the first 10 FNP sites in England were announced. And, while it’s   incredible to think just how much has changed since then, just as remarkable is what we...

In the September of 2009, I had just started an adult nursing course at the Southbank University when I started to feel really unwell. I did a pregnancy test in early October and found out, to my surprise, that I was pregnant. I went to the GP straight away, and whilst there, my doctor told me about a new programme that had just started in...