A Health Visitor will see you at home between 10 days and 14 days after your baby is born. At this New Birth Visit we will introduce the service to you and let you know what facilities are available in the local area. We will discuss your health and your baby’s health and needs . Together we will agree the support the service can offer to you and your family. If you had an antenatal contact the health visitor will continue with the support that was agreed.
When your baby is 6-8 weeks old you will be offered an appointment with a health visitor to talk about you and your baby’s progress. Your health visitor will ask about your physical and emotional well-being as well as review your baby’s growth, development and feeding. You should also see your GP at 6-8 weeks after birth
As a new mother it is recommended that you see your GP at approximately 6 weeks after you baby is born. At this appointment your GP will discuss the following with you – Contraception, sexual health, mental health, your emotional wellbeing along with anything else you feel is important.
Families who would like to speak to a health visitor about any concerns they may have regarding their baby or child’s health or development, or who wish to request support from the health visitor can attend the weekly’ Health Visitor Advice session’ in their local Children’s Centre area.
Families who would like to have advice on routine issues about feeding and caring for their baby can also attend Nursery Nurse-led health advice sessions in their area.
Each session will last for three hours and no appointment is needed.