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
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
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