Health visiting service

Due to the challenges facing our service, we are temporarily changing the way we work to focus on a limited range of core services. From Monday 23 March all child health clinics will be paused until further notice. This includes breastfeeding, introducing solids groups and healthy weight clinics.

All face to face contacts with families will be reduced to comply with social distancing and social isolation guidance. This includes, new birth visits, 6-8 week checks. These will now take place via phone or through video conferencing. Other developmental checks (that usually happen at 52 weeks and 2-2.5 years) will not take place for the foreseeable future. Your health visitor will call or text you to confirm this new arrangement.

The perinatal mental health service will run a reduced service. Wellbeing SPACE Group meetings are postponed and members of the group will be contacted each week by phone.

Families can use a new service called the ‘London Perinatal Mental Health Support Group’ which is run by Cacoon. This group will meet virtually, twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am-11.00am, on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/263329262)

If you need any more information or advice please contact the health visiting duty line on 0208 770 5409 from Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

 

There is a wealth of information available to you online to support you and your baby. Here are some of our top picks;

Overall Top Tips for parents with the institute of Health Visiting

From Birth to five support

Healthy eating

First Steps Nutrition

NHS Live Well

Change4Life

Breastfeeding

A guide to help you breastfeed with Start4life

The Baby Buddy App with Best Beginnings

Responsive bottle feeding

Infant milks - First Steps Nutrition Trust

A guide to bottle feeding with Start4LIfe

Responsive bottle feeding advice with Unicef

Introducing solids

What to feed your baby at different ages

Eating well: the first year, with First Steps Nutrition Trust

Sleep and babies

Get safer sleeping advice with The Lullaby Trust

Infant Sleep Info Source - BASIS

The Family Information  service can provide free information and advice about childcare provision for key workers and general enquiries to support you and your family

Perinatal  Mental Health and Emotional wellbeing and bonding with your baby

Mush Mums - Bringing mums together, online! 

It’s okay to not be okay- but help is available. Watch a video about Perinatal Positivity

Understanding your emotional health & wellbeing following the birth of your baby from the Institute of Health Visiting

Encouraging Skin-to-Skin contact from Unicef

Building a Happy Baby - a guide for parents by Unicef

The Association for Infant Mental Health provides support for getting to know your baby