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X Factor SeSe: I owe so much to my family nurse

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

X FACTOR finalist Shereece Foster – SeSe in Miss Dynamix – says a nurse who supports teenage mums enabled her to give her daughter “the best possible start in life”.

Shereece expressed her gratitude to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Family Nurse Partnership, which first started helping her when she was 18, pregnant and living in a hostel.

The now 22-year-old mum of Nymiah, three, was given help to develop the skills she needed to care for her baby and herself during pregnancy and beyond.

The partnership has helped more than 500 mums under the age of 20 from Lambeth and Southwark since it was formed in 2007.

The 12 nurses in the team – all former midwives, health visitors and children’s nurses – make home visits to first-time parents from early pregnancy until the child’s second birthday.

Shereece, from Upper Norwood, is performing as one of the Miss Dynamix group as part of the final 12 in The X Factor live ITV?shows every weekend.

She said: “I was in a really low place but, with the help of my family nurse, I began to feel confident again. I realised that I needed to give my daughter the best possible start in life.”

She said nurse Dorothy Porter, who is the partnership supervisor, helped her to find a good nursery for Nymiah and to go to college to study health and social care.

Ms Porter said: “The first two years of a child’s life are crucial in terms of their emotional well-being and brain development. If we can reach young mums during pregnancy, at a time when they feel most motivated and inspired to do the very best for their baby, we can make a huge difference that will improve the health outcome of many hundreds of children.”

She added: “Some young people have never had a role model to show them what it means to connect with a child and to put the child’s needs above their own.”


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