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Intensive nurse visits to teenage mothers do not reduce further pregnancies, report says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 15 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5470
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Intensive home visits from specialist nurses to teenagers expecting their first baby do not reduce the rate of second pregnancies within two years or improve the babies’ health when compared with usual prenatal and community child health services, show the short term outcomes of a UK programme reported in the Lancet.1

Children born to teenage mothers are more likely to have lower birth weight, not to be breast fed, and to have a higher risk of accidents and early death than children born to older mothers. They tend to do worse at school, have more emotional and behavioural problems, and have a higher risk of becoming teenage parents themselves.

In 2007 the NHS in England introduced the Family Nurse Partnership, a programme that supplemented standard care with intensive home visits to teenage mothers by specially …

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