Family Nurse Partnership
Guest Blog – Charlotte Liddell, FNP Graduate
We are excited to welcome Charlotte Liddell, our first Family Nurse Partnership guest blogger! Charlotte shares, in her own words, her experience of the Family Nurse Partnership.
“Hello, My name’s Charlotte Liddell & I’m a FNP graduate.
Agreeing to take part in the FNP was one of the best decisions I made, I thought It would be another person there to judge my every move and point out everything I’m doing wrong with my child, but how wrong was I? VERY WRONG.
Support started from that very first phone call as I hadn’t told my father. So she was discrete when calling the house and was able to meet me in a public place to help me figure out how I was going to tell him. Having the family nurse to speak to about anything was a massive stress reliever, yes anything… Money, college, houses, friends. The family nurse focuses on you as a person with great potential not a teenage mother that doesn’t know what to do. They focus on everything you’re doing well and never tell you that you’re doing something wrong. Instead of judging me because my child wasn’t in bed early or in a routine, she helped me make a plan of action & gave me tips on how to make things better… but see If I failed miserably at that plan, she would encourage me to keep trying. Society has such a bad view on teenage parents and leaving my house was always emotionally difficult. Knowing my family nurse was just a text or call away helped me cope with these situations. I doubted my parenting skills all the time but she was right behind me telling me I’m doing amazing, she believed in me, no-one had done that before.
The family nurse focuses on you as a person with great potential not a teenage mother that doesn’t know what to do.
I was soon an extremely confident mum and person. A few years down the line and I’m now the First Minister Mentee, YOYP ambassador and work full time. She’s taught me that with the right support you can be an amazing teenage parent and still achieve your goals, so that’s what I’m doing.”
Thanks so much to Charlotte for sharing her experience and for such an inspirational blog. If you have any questions or comments on the Family Nurse Partnership please leave them below.