Health Visiting appointments

Antenatal contact:

As well as your appointments with your Midwife a Health Visitor will contact you in your pregnancy between 28-38 weeks and will usually visit you at home. Your Health Visitor will discuss some of the following information with you:

  • Introduce Health Visiting service
  • Bonding with your baby
  • Your babies brain development
  • Mental health and your feelings/emotions
  • Feeding your baby
  • Preparing for the arrival of your baby
  • Healthy Start Programme’ and your eligibility
  • Your physical health
  • Parental relationships
  • Promotion of immunisation programme
  • Preparing for parenthood

New birth visit:
When your baby is between 10 and 14 days old your Health Visitor will visit you at home.

This contact will include:

  • Discussion about your labour and birth
  • Advice and support with feeding your baby
  • Coping with a new baby
  • Safety and your baby to include reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (embed
  • Mental health and your feelings/emotions
  • Observation of baby to include weight and head circumference
  • Your babies brain development
  • Immunisation programme

Six to eight week review:

You will discuss:

  • Parenting support to include crying, sleeping, feeding and safety
  • Development review of your baby
  • Immunisation programme
  • Information on local services
  • Your feelings and emotions, including adjusting to parenthood

Two year review:

The two year review will involve a Community Nursery Nurse, parents, child and if your child spends time in a Nursery, Pre School, or with a Child Minder, they will also be involved.

You will be given a questionnaire to complete to help assess your child’s development prior to the review. The review will include:

  • Discussions in regards to any concerns you may have with your child
  • Review of your child’s health and development
  • Review and promotion of your child’s language development
  • Guidance on managing your child’s behaviour
  • Advice on healthy eating and physical activity
  • Promotion of immunisations
  • Advice and support with dental care, looking after your children’s teeth, accident prevention, sleeping and potty training.
  • Information on early years education
  • Your child will be weighed and measured