Dedicated nurses are to support teenage mums to give their children a better start in life from under a new scheme being brought to Scotland from the US, it has been revealed.
The Scottish health secretary announced that the Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) scheme, which aims to give extra support to young mums, will be piloted in the Lothian area from 2010.
Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement while on a visit to an already established project in the Harlem area of New York.
The project will see nurses visit the homes of expectant mums under the age of 19 every fortnight until their child’s second birthday.
NFP nurse will be on hand to offer advice and support on areas such as breast feeding, child development and parenting skills.
They will also give guidance on health issues including alcohol or cigarette dependency and dietary information, as well as future pregnancies and financial planning.