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Health Minister Dan Poulter has told Daybreak that Family Nurse Partnerships will be good for the economy.
He said: "Mums and dads who benefit from the programme are more likely to go back into education, training and work."
Thousands of disadvantaged young mothers are to get more support bringing up their babies, Health Minister Dan Poulter has announced.
Daybreak's Cordelia Kretzschmar speaks to Antonia Trevena Jones, 17, and family nurse practitioner Amy Weston:
About 5,000 more families will benefit from the extension of a programme to give first time mothers one-to-one support, health minister Dr Dan Poulter has said.
Thousands of disadvantaged young mothers will get more support while bringing up their babies, health officials have said.
The Family Nurse Partnership scheme sees specialist nurses or midwives regularly visit first time mothers under the age of 20 during their pregnancy and until their baby is two years old.
The nurses help the new mothers, and fathers, to prepare for labour; offer advice on looking after babies and toddlers, and help plan for the future.
Dr Poulter has announced that ministers plan to extend the current programme to include 16,000 families by 2015.
He said that he hopes the move will help more vulnerable children get a better start in life.