Vulnerable in Pregnancy Project (Fife)

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This report summarises the Vulnerable in Pregnancy (VIP) project. VIP was developed from the drug liaison midwifery service in partnership with addiction and social work staff. Families for whom there was concern were identified at an early stage of pregnancy. Staff worked closely together to share information about vulnerable women. They assessed risks and needs of families. Staff planned well together and women had an individualised pregnancy plan to support them.

Women and their families were supported intensively by specialist health staff, addiction nurses and social work staff from ante-natal registration until the baby was 12 weeks old. This support was extended for longer periods if required.

Families had a named worker who met with them individually, got to know them well and coordinated support from other services. Women were helped to manage their substance abuse. They were supported to take advantage of effective post birth medical advice and screening.

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