Our services and support antenatally

Helping you access the right information

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Health Visitor Antenatal Visit (between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy)

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A 0 to 19 Specialist Public Health Nurse who specialises in Health Visiting, will receive information about your pregnancy from your midwife. For your first baby you will be visited at your home and we will discuss the support we can offer you.

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Your red book

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All pregnant women will receive a personal child health record (PCHR), also known as the ‘red book’, and our antenatal pack. This details the support we can provide you and useful information before your child is born along with how to get in touch with us. You can use your red book to record your child’s weight and height, vaccinations and other important information. If you have given us your email address we will send you information and advice to support you and your partner while you are pregnant.

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Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby online Solihull Course

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The Solihull Approach online antenatal course has exactly the same content as the antenatal class. It is written by midwives, health visitors and clinical psychologists. There are videos and quizzes. You can be confident that you are learning the key info about pregnancy, labour and birth. You are getting ready to meet your baby.

This course is for pregnant mums, fathers, partners, grandparents and anyone else who will be involved with the baby. Enter the code TAMAR, fill in a few details to create an account. You can then sign in to your course.

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Tens machine hire

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The children’s centres loan out TENS machines for £10 per hire with £10 refundable deposit, or free to those families on a low income. The machines are loaned out to expectant mothers who are more than 37 weeks pregnant.

TENS machine is cleaned after each hire to prevent cross contamination. The self-adhesive pads are non-returnable and are to be disposed of before return. Registration is completed (if required) before each hire. Liability form is completed for each hire, to cover non-returned or damaged TENS.

A TENS machine can help with

  • Pain relief from back pain from 37 weeks gestation.
  • Pain relief from Braxton hick’s contractions.
  • Pain relief from contractions whilst in established labour.
  • A reduction in medical intervention during labour.

Call 01803 210200 or email torbayChildrensCentres@actionforchildren.org.uk

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Breast Pump Hire

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Torbay children’s centres loan out electronic breast pumps free to low income parents or £30 per month including a £10 refundable deposit.

Breastpumps can

  • Support & sustain breastfeeding.
  • Encourage breastfeeding for more than 6 months.
  • Support bonding between infants and mothers.
  • Improve the health of mothers and infants.

Loaning out the breast pumps; includes pump and a non-returnable collection set. Each pump is cleaned after each hire to prevent cross contamination. Registration is completed (if required) before each hire. Liability form is completed for each hire, to cover non-returned or damaged pumps.

Call us on 01803 210200 or email Torbay Children's Centre

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