Against the background of 10 000 baby boxes already delivered, Scotland’s stillbirth and early infant death figures falling well below rUK levels and approaching the lowest in the world, the Scandinavian ‘gold standard’, and showing itself to be unique in its ability to self-improve, NHS Scotland pushes on with another initiative to increase the number of one-to-one visits to first-time mothers at a critical time for babies surviving and thriving.
Celebrating 1 000 mothers having gone through the Family Nurse Partnership scheme in Dundee alone, The First Minister said:
‘We want to make Scotland the best country in the world to grow up in. A key part of that is ensuring all children, regardless of background, have the best possible start in life. The Family Nurse Partnership has helped thousands of children and first-time mums across Scotland.’
With annual costs of around £16 million, more than 4,500 young mothers have had the training since 2010. This is another example of the kind of quickly implemented pioneering initiatives the Nuffield Trust has praised NHS Scotland for and the results are there in falling stillbirth rates.