When you are around 28 weeks pregnant, you may be offered the opportunity to meet with a health visitor from your local team.
This is a chance to discuss your pregnancy, your baby’s wellbeing and preparing you and your partner for parenthood.
It is an opportunity to discuss what is going well, as well as any difficulties you and your family may be experiencing to help us understand the support you may need for the future, how you feel about becoming a parent and the support around you including what to expect after your baby is born.
Some of the topics we may discuss with you include:
> Alcohol in pregnancy - the Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is NOT to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.
> Medicines in pregnancy - most medicines taken during pregnancy cross the placenta and reach the baby. Before taking any medicine when you're pregnant, including painkillers, check with your pharmacist, midwife or GP that it's suitable.
View the below video for further information on our Surrey perinatal mental health service.
It recommended that everyone over 1 year of age should take a 10 micrograms of vitamin D supplement daily including pregnant mothers. And as a precaution, breastfed babies from birth up to 1 year of age should also be given a supplement of 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day.
Babies who are formula fed do not require vitamin D supplement if they having 500ml per day of infant formula or more.
Vitamin D supplementation is important because we and our children are unable to get enough vitamin D from sunlight in this country, or from diet alone.
Speak to your health visitor or nursery nurse for more information about why vitamin D is important.
Healthy Start vitamins are available to buy or exchange for healthy start vouchers at every children's centre in Surrey.
Children’s centres in your local community offer advice and support for families. We work in partnership with children's centres to provide services including: breastfeeding support, and information about nutrition and healthy lifestyles from pregnancy and beyond.
If you have any queries concerning your child’s progress, please contact us on our advice line or come along to one of our child health drop-ins where we would be happy to discuss any aspect of health and well-being for you and your family.
For further information
- To follow up a referral
For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services such as speech and language therapy. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2) and they will be able to advise.
- For advice or questions about your child's health
- 2 year development checks
- Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition
Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrician service page for more information about these services in Surrey.
- Access to mental health services
Your GP needs to refer your child via MINDSIGHT Surrey CAHMS
- Hearing concerns
Contact the Audiology service
- Concerns or complaints about a Children and Family Health Surrey service
If your query is not covered by the routes above, please use the form below to contact us. Your query will be passed to the relevant team who will aim to respond within 7 working days.