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.
We will talk about the role of the health visiting team and services we offer and information on local community services you and your family can access.
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:
- Growth and your baby
- Building a happy baby
- Healthy eating
- Infant feeding
- Information on bedding for your baby
- Sleep and your baby and Safer sleep
- 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
- Vitamin D
- DadPad - The Essential Guide for New Dads: DadPad is a free easy-to-use app for dads-to-be and dads with new babies in Surrey. DadPad can be downloaded free onto any smart phone from app stores. Dads and their partners just need to put in their postcode and select their local hospital trust.
- Emotional wellbeing tips for fathers
Surrey perinatal mental health service
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, and find out about Healthy Start vitamins.
If you have any queries concerning your child’s progress, please contact our advice line where we are happy to discuss any aspect of health and wellbeing for you and your family.
For further information
- To follow up a referral
- For example, for developmental paediatrics or therapy services. Contact the One Stop referral centre (tel: 0300 222 5755, Option 2)
- For advice or questions about your child's health and two year development checks
- Referrals for ASD, ADHD or another neurological/developmental condition
- Your GP will need to make a referral. Visit the Developmental Paediatrics page for more information about these services in Surrey.
- Access to mental health services
- Your GP needs to refer your child via 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 seven working days.