Jane*, 19 years old and 11 weeks pregnant, was referred to the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) by a community midwife. Mental health concerns, previous social care support and concerns about her abusive partner were highlighted, along with significant adverse childhood experiences.
Following a phone call from the Community Midwife (CMW) with escalating concerns for Jane’s safety, the CMW made a referral to the FNP. As a result, the Family Nurse attended the next midwifery appointment to talk to Jane and provide information. Jane was very open and disclosed she was experiencing abuse.
The Family Nurse and Perinatal Midwife worked together with independent domestic violence advisors to provide Jane with a phone, to give her independence, and to put a safety plan in place. Jane’s Family Nurse also liaised with children’s social care – this supported the decision to escalate her case and she was made a priority for rehousing as a result.
The Family Nurse continued to meet Jane weekly to deliver the FNP programme and work alongside housing and social care to safeguard Jane and her unborn baby.
Jane developed a positive relationship with her Family Nurse in a short period of time and engaged well with the FNP. Jane showed positive attachments to her ‘baby bump’ and said she was looking forward to meeting her baby.
*Name has been changed for data protection purposes