Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has met the first babies born under a pioneering new nursing project to help teenage parents.
The Family Nurse Partnership Programme supports first-time parents under the age of 19 and is being trialled in the NHS Lothian area.
The scheme will see seven family nurses will visit pregnant women once or twice a fortnight during their pregnancy and for the first two years of the infant’s life.
They offer guidance on child development, parenting skills, breastfeeding, preventative health schemes, diet information and advice for mothers on education and employment.
A total of 55 babies have so far been born to the 131 families currently taking part in the project.
Ms Sturgeon said the “inspirational” scheme would help improve the long-term picture of public health in Scotland. “I know from speaking to the parents involved that they are forming really strong bonds with the nurses from the project, which is giving them the support and help they need to make the right choices for their children,” she said.