Supporting child development and parent education
Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting or MECSH is a structured programme of sustained nurse home visiting for families identified to be at risk of poorer maternal and child health and development outcomes. It is delivered as part of a comprehensive, integrated approach to services for young children and their families.
In 2014 our Child and Family Team introduced the MECSH scheme in Jersey. The initiative has received international recognition and is already being delivered by Health Visitors or their equivalent in Australia, South Korea, USA and the UK. All our Health Visitors are now working with families on the MESCH programme and our aim is to recruit between 100 and 150 families onto the programme by the end of 2016.
The feedback from families taking part in Jersey so far has been very positive. The programme draws together the best available evidence on the importance of the early years, children’s health and development, the types of support parents need, parent-infant interaction and holistic, ecological approaches to supporting families to establish the foundations of a positive life trajectory for their children.
Key components of the scheme include:
- Supporting mother and child health and wellbeing
- Supporting mothers to be future oriented and aspirational
- Supporting family and social relationships
- Additional support in response to need
- Child development parent education
"The home visiting programme is great ... my Health Visitor is really friendly and non judgemental"
"I had a lot of anxieties about being a mum but being part of the prgramme has been a great support to me"
"I have learnt so much from the programme and feel my baby is growing well."
There will be no MECSH playgroup at Pathways on Monday 13th June. Next meeting is Monday 20th June at Samares Manor for a walkabout & cuppa! (free of charge) If MECSH mums are interested in coming to Samares Manor can they enquire through their Health Visitor.
(This group is through referral by your Health Visitor only.)
- Where can I access MECSH services?
- What are the benefits of joining MESCH?
- How can I find out more?
MECSH is available to pregnant mothers and after the birth of the baby up until the baby is six weeks of age.
MECSH is an intensive health visiting programme and access onto the programme is through the named Health Visitor for the family. She will discuss access to the programme with the mother/father/parent in detail so a decision is made together around the support available to the family for the first two years of the child's life.
As well as the research outcomes below there is the opportunity to have a structured visiting pattern with a focus on the baby's development. Another benefit is a familiar named Health Visitor who knows you and your family and who will be there for those first two years.
There is increasing awareness of the difficulties mothers and families experience if poor maternal mental health including anxiety or depression is a problem. Mothers on the programme have access to a Mental Health Practitioner Nurse who can do some collarborative 1:1 work in the home to support outcomes and goals for mental wellbeing. Again this support is negotiated through the MECSH named Health Visitor.
There is a MECSH group. This is a 'closed group' for those MECSH mothers who may prefer to attend a small mother and baby group. As well the opportunities for the babies and mothers to solialise in a comfortable private environment there are group outings and activities. The group is run by a Health Visitor and Community Nursery Nurse.
Contact FNHC, telephone: 01534 443600 to find out the name of your Health Visitor.
MESCH Co-ordinator is Marie Raleigh, telephone: 01534 443677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org