Our health visitors offer every family a new birth visit appointment. This is normally between 10-14 days after your baby is born.
This appointment maybe offered at a local health clinic or at home and normally after your midwife has handed over your care to your local health visiting team.
During this visit we will offer you and your family information and advice on:
- Becoming a parent
- Fathers: getting involved with looking after your baby
- Child development
- Infant feeding
- Healthy eating
- Sleep and Safer sleep
- Information on safe bedding for your baby
- The effects of smoking on your child's health and support to quite smoking
- Baby jaundice
- Our advice lines and local child health drop-ins
- Your emotional wellbeing and emotional wellbeing tips for mothers
- Emotional wellbeing tips for fathers
- Vitamin D
You will receive your Personal Child Health Record 'red book' from your midwife. This is your book to record details about your child's health, growth, immunisations and development milestones. If you haven't already received your child's red book, your health visitor will give you one at this new birth appointment.
Baby Buddy App
Baby Buddy App is a free, multi-award winning interactive pregnancy and advice guide, with videos and advice designed to help you look after your baby’s mental and physical health, as well as your own. Available via the IOS and Andriod App Stores, the app includes:
- Videos – a growing range of clips to help you understand different pregnancy and baby topics e.g. breast feeding, caring for your baby, looking after your mental health
- Bump and Baby Book – a diary where you can record your thoughts, feelings and photos throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born
- Bump and Baby Around – a map of useful local health services such as hospitals, mother and baby support groups, baby clinics, GP and midwife services.
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 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.
View the video below for further information on our Surrey perinatal mental health service.
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.