Surrey’s Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) service supports women aged 19 or under who are expecting their first baby early in pregnancy until their child is two years old.
The service is delivered by a team of specialist nurses who are based at Leatherhead Clinic but who work across the whole of Surrey.
The voluntary programme provides on-going intensive, structured support from specialist nurses. They work closely with you to ensure you receive practical health and emotional support and advice for you and your baby.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme started in 2007 in the UK and is aimed at improving the health and opportunities experienced by disadvantaged young families.
The programme is based on over 35 years of research in the USA, in which intensive support was given to first-time mums under the age of 19. The evidence shows that the programme can boost the health of mother and child, and increase life-chances for the family through children being better prepared for education and parents having improved employment prospects.
The programme works by identifying young mothers-to-be who could benefit at an early stage. A dedicated family nurse will use the programme methods and materials to work with mothers, as well as their partners and other family members, if the mother chooses.
Family nurses support them to have a healthy pregnancy, prepare for labour, support their baby to learn and grow as well as to plan their own life goals.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme also offers benefits for close working across the community midwifery and other professionals where needed. Experience gained in developing better relationships with families through the programme will help improve the way young families are also supported by wider services.
Baby Buddy is free a pregnancy and parenting app which provides trusted, evidence-based information and self care tools for parents, co-parents and caregivers in Surrey.
It aims to empower you to build your knowledge and confidence, from early pregnancy to your child’s first birthday with:
- Fun, engaging interactive features to ‘learn without the burn’
- A huge video library – including tips on breastfeeding and the Small Wonders Change Programme for premature and low birthweight babies
- Out of the Blue – videos promoting mental health
- Support and advice particularly tailored to dads
- ‘Today’s information’ - personalised, bite-size daily updates
99% of parents using the app say that it’s easy to use and has helped them to take care of their children.
Download the app from your usual app store by searching on ‘Baby Buddy’.
Families living in Surrey can get access to free online guides that include top tips from childcare, education and NHS health experts.
Visit our Free guides: understanding your baby, child or teenager page to find out more.
Do you know why Vitamin D supplements are important for you and your child?
Please read more on our Vitamin D page where you can also find information about the Healthy Start Scheme.
If you and/or your children are scared, frightened, being controlled or hurt by someone you know or live with please contact:
- Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline on 01483 776 822 (9am to 9pm, 7 days a week)
- Surrey-wide 0-19 Advice Line on 01883 340 922 (8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays) to contact the Health Visiting team
- Your GP
In an emergency, call 999.
Visit the Healthy Surrey website for advice, advocacy, practical help and support.