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Mental health and wellbeing when you have a baby

As the early days of having your baby begin to stretch into months, we recognise that things change and move on.  As part of our Health Visiting offer, we can support you with your maternal mental health, so that in turn you feel able to support your baby. We know that many parents don’t feel able to talk about how they might really be feeling because they are worried about what other people may think. It is really important that you share these feelings with someone so that you know that you are not alone and that you can get all the support you need.

Please see below downloadable guide:

Key information for mental health and wellbeing when you have a baby – downloadable guide


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Devon County Council runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens. You can also call our Public Health Nursing hubs on the numbers listed below.

If you are concerned about the safety of a child in Devon, contact our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or email with as much information as possible.

This page was last reviewed on 16-05-2022

This page will be next reviewed on 16-05-2025