What support will I receive after my baby is born?

The next time you’ll see your public health nurse (health visitor) will be when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old, when you’ll receive a home visit.

You’ll be able to talk about your birth experience and discuss how you’re coping now your baby is home. The public health nurse (health visitor) will also examine your new baby and update the Red Book (your baby’s personal child health record). The Red Book is full of useful information for you to keep, as well as somewhere for health professionals to record their notes when they see your baby.

Between six and eight weeks after the birth, you’ll need to make an appointment for you and your baby to see your GP, just to check you’re both doing well. You’ll also see your public health nurse around this time too, either in a clinic or at home. They’ll talk to you about your baby’s development and review how you feel feeding is going. They’ll also offer advice about immunisations and discuss with you how you’re feeling both physically and emotionally.

When your baby’s three or four months old, you’ll be contacted by the public health nursing (health visiting) team who will offer advice around baby’s development, starting solid foods, safety and play.

You’ll then be offered an appointment when your baby is between 10-12 months, again in a local clinic. The public health nurse (health visitor) will look at your baby’s development and talk through any issues or concerns you may have.

The next developmental check happens at some point between two years three months and two years six months and will be carried out by a member of the 0 to 19 Torbay team.

Your 0 to 19 Torbay team also offer local advice clinics, which your public health nurse will tell you about.

What if I need more help?

If you and your public health nurse (health visitor) feel that you need more support, you can talk about this together, either at one of the set appointments or by giving them a call. Even if you just need to discuss a concern or worry you have, they’re at the end of the phone so don’t be afraid to give them a call. Parenting doesn’t always go exactly to plan, and they will be happy to help. You’ll find their number at the front of the Red Book. You can email the team if you prefer.

This is not an emergency service, should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.