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Scotland Announces Establishment of Nurse-Family Partnership Program
Date:4/13/2009

DENVER, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scotland has announced that it is adopting the Nurse-Family Partnership(C) program. Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon announced the pilot program during a visit to an established project in Harlem, New York, on Friday, April 10, where she met with nurses, clients and the program's founder, Dr. David Olds.

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a voluntary prevention program providing nurse home visitation services to low income, first-time mothers in 28 U.S. states. Nurses begin home visits early in the mother's pregnancy and continue visitation through the child's second year. Nurses provide support, education and counseling on health, behavioral and self-sufficiency issues.

More than 30 years of scientific research on NFP show consistent results in transforming the lives of vulnerable young families. The non-partisan Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy recently provided a summary analysis of widely-implemented home-visitation programs and found that rigorous studies providing the highest level of confidence clearly support the effectiveness of the Nurse-Family Partnership model.

"The Nurse Family Partnership is a scheme we have been committed to introducing in Scotland. The basic idea of dedicated nurses working alongside vulnerable young mums, not just during their pregnancy but also through those first vital years of a child's life is exactly the kind of support I want to see in time across all Scotland," said Secretary Sturgeon. "This is no untested ideal - the evidence is there from the projects already up and running that NFP has helped deliver better prenatal health, increased employment for young mothers, fewer unintended further pregnancies and helped to reduce child neglect in the families involved. It is not without very good reason that President Obama has just announced a major funding commitment to widen the NFP in the U.S."

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