A new project aimed at young mums has been launched in Erewash, where teenage pregnancy numbers are amongst the highest in the country.
There were a total of 179 teenage pregnancies in Erewash over a three year period up to 2012.
NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group has secured NHS funding to run a Patients in Control project, It will focus on empowering young mums to influence the way healthcare services are delivered.
The young mums will participate in coaching and mentoring sessions and group workshops to gather their experiences of using services such as community midwives, GPs and breastfeeding.
Dr Avi Bhatia, chair of NHS Erewash CCG, said: “The PiC project is being delivered in an area with one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the country.
“We hope that mentoring and giving control to young patients will not only provide valuable insight and help us to improve our services, but also give the young women a voice and develop them to support other young and vulnerable mothers.”
The project will be delivered by Ripplez community interest company, who will work with a group of teenage parents to develop their confidence and skills to enable them to control their own health and care.