A Center “Maternal and Child Health” opened doors in the Shoumen District as part of the UNICEF‘s project “Family for Every Child,” launched in 2010.
The center has offices in the town of Shumen and remote working teams in the cities of Novi Pazar and Veliki Preslav. The main work of the twenty-one nurses and midwives is to make home visits to pregnant women and children up to 3 years in the whole region.
During those visits, the current and future parents could get information and tips for a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy and childbirth preparation; basic newborn and infant care; successful breastfeeding, infant’s feeding and healthy nutrition; health protection and encouraging the development of the young child; access to various families and young children services in the district and the municipality and others.
Every pregnant woman and every family with a child up to 3 years in the region of Shumen could receive home visits. The Center’s team is available for additional visits, depending on the stated needs of the child and family.
The experience of the Bulgarian nurses or midwives home visiting young children’s families is borrowed from the world’s best practices. No matter whether the family has an own, fostering or adopted child and regardless families social status, they will receive home visits. Bulgarian nurses and midwives, who began working at the “Centre for Maternal and Child Health” in the Shumen district, have been trained by the Medical University of Varna. The educational institution participated in experience exchange for nurses with the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence a month ago.
The training for nurses will continue in the period (June 3th to June 14th, 2013) with specialized seminars on topics: “The working specifics in a multicultural environment” and “The Breastfeeding support.”