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:
- Sleep and Safer sleep
- Information on bedding for your baby
- Infant feeding
- Healthy eating
- 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.
- The effects of smoking on your child's health and support to quit smoking
- 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.
- Your emotional wellbeing and emotional wellbeing tips for mothers
- Emotional wellbeing tips for fathers
- Vitamin D
View the below video for further information on our Surrey perinatal mental health service.
Do you know why Vitamin D supplements are important for you and your child? Please read more on our advice page.
Healthy Start vitamins are available to buy or exchange for healthy start vouchers at every Family Centre in Surrey. You can exchange your healthy start vouchers for vitamins at some of our clinics. Ask your health visitor for more information.
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 CAMHS
- 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.