New Parent Programme

The New Parent Programme runs in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust area and focuses on first time mothers. It is during a first pregnancy that the best chance exists to promote and teach positive health and development behaviours between a mother and her baby.

Most of us do not learn about babies or parenting until we have our own. The New Parent Programme is for women who are having their first baby.

The aim of the programme is to:

  • Help ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
  • Help you build a strong support network of family and friends
  • Help you make your home a safe place for your baby
  • Help you set goals for your own life
  • Make referrals as you need them e.g. child care and other services available in the community

You will have regular visits from your Health Visitor who is specially trained to deliver a programme tailor made to your needs. You will continue to attend your Midwife, clinics and any other professional who may be involved with you.

The Health Visitor has been chosen due to her healthcare background. Her role is to provide you and your family with regular home visits from early in your pregnancy until your baby is 2 years.

The programme works with the strengths of the client and helps them to fulfil their goals for their baby and themselves. The Health Visitor will use practical activities to work with you, the father and wider family

How to access this service

Referrals are received from Health Visiting, Midwives, Social Workers and GPs.


North Down & Ards

Janine Dougan
Scrabo Children’s Centre
Ards Hospital
Church Street
BT23 4AS

Telephone: (028) 9151 0190

Greater Lisburn

Rita McCollum /Jacqueline McCracken
Warren Children’s Centre
61 Woodland Park
BT28 1LQ

Telephone: (028) 9260 7528

Lisburn Area

Monica Allsopp
Stewartstown Road Health Centre
Stewartstown Road

Telephone: (028) 9060 2705

Down Area

Bronagh McCabe
Surestart Downpatrick
5-7 Mount Crescent
BT30 6AF

Telephone: (028) 4461 3630