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During pregnancy or after the birth of a child, families are faced with a completely new situation that must be overcome. It is not uncommon for parents to feel exhausted or overworked in this new phase of life. In addition to the newborn, one or more siblings may also need to be cared for and the normal everyday life can also be coped with. Support during this time is provided by the networks and offers of early help. Early aid is based on the resources of families and cohabiting communities, strengthens their potential for self-help, but also provides orientation and further help in difficult life situations. Early aid is always aimed at improving and expanding support for mothers and fathers. They enable early support for families at the beginning of parenthood before burdens become entrenched and thus have a preventive effect. Better care for families should also be created through the networking of all actors in the field of early aid. In Hesse, there is a coordination centre for early aid in all 33 counties, district-free cities and special status cities. The Hessian network coordinators are the contact persons and pilots on site for families and specialists. The establishment and expansion of networks Of early aid in Hesse is an important focus of Hesse's family policy. The aim is to accompany and support parents, especially during pregnancy and during the first 3 years of the child's life. This includes the use of family midwives and family health and paediatric nurses. These are state-certified midwives or health and paediatric nurses with an additional qualification. This enables them to support and accompany parents and families in stressful life situations. Family midwives support families up to one year after the birth of the child, family health and paediatric nurses up to three years. The professionals support health care and provide psychosocial support. Among other things, they provide information and guidance on the care, nutrition, development and promotion of the child. If necessary, further assistance will be provided. The health professionals are thus important pilots for families due to the numerous offers in the municipalities.

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Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration

Last update or date of publication
20.03.2019