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Developing Baby and us group session

What to expect from a Developing Baby and us group session.


Who attends a Developing Baby group session?

This is a group session that supports parents who have a baby aged between 10 weeks and 16 weeks. It will likely be with the same parents you will have had the opportunity to meet at the My New Baby and Me session. These parents will all live within a similar area and are likely to have already met one of the two practitioners delivering the session. It aims to support you to meet other parents, to give you key information that supports you at this stage of your baby’s life and gives you the opportunity to have health questions answered by your health visitor.

What does a health visitor do?

A Health Visitor is a specialist community public health nurse who has undertaken additional training that focuses on child development and wellbeing. They support community public health which not only looks at health and wellbeing, but also looks at supporting families to thrive. They work within a team of other staff nurses, school nurses and community health workers, who all together support families and children within those families. We have five set contacts that we are likely to see you at throughout the first three years of your baby being born. We are also available to offer targeted support when you have a public health need, such as low mental wellbeing, growth challenges with your little one, parenting support, supporting health lifestyles, safe relationships, and support around the development for your child.

What things are discussed in the Developing Baby session?

In this session we support you to start thinking about:

  • The next chapter with a baby beyond newborn stage
  • Getting out and about with friends
  • Returning to work
  • How do other parents feel at this stage
  • Supporting your baby to develop and grow

Can I bring my partner or supporter?

We will be delighted if they can attend. Partners and others within your household are so important to your child’s health and development.

How long is the session?

The session can be up to one and a half hours.

How do I book onto the Session?

You should receive an invite by post, or your health visitor might give you the date in advance. If you don’t, do give us a ring or drop us an email telling us your name, your child’s name, your child’s date of birth and where you live, and we will book you in.

Our contact details

Eastern Public Health Nursing Hub

Covering East Devon, Cullompton and Tiverton

St Michael’s, Orchard Way, Honiton, EX14 1HU

0333 234 1903

Exeter and Crediton Public Health Nursing Hub

Covering Exeter and Crediton

Room 267, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD

0333 234 1902

Northern Public Health Nursing Hub

Covering North Devon, Torridge and Okehampton

Taw View, Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple, EX31 1EE

0333 234 1904

Southern Public Health Nursing Hub

Covering Teignbridge, South Hams and Tavistock

Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE

0333 234 1901

What if I have additional questions or have very specific accessibility needs?

Please just ring us on the number above. We will do our best to support you.


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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.