Please note that as a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic, health visiting support is being delivered differently. Many of the universal reviews utilise a blended approach of delivery with telephone, digital and face to face elements.
If you wish to speak to a health visitor about this contact, please contact your health visiting team or ChatHealth on the number below.
Your midwife will let your Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) know that you’re expecting a baby. Health Visitors are part of the Healthy Together team that work with children and young people aged 0-19 and their families.
You will be contacted by the Healthy Together Team when you are around 28-36 weeks pregnant with information and advice around pregnancy and caring for your baby.
The antenatal contact offered is part of the Healthy Child Programme universal contacts, which uses evidence based practice to support children and young people aged 0-19 and their families to achieve the best possible health outcomes.
During the antenatal contact you will be able to discuss
- Your support networks
- Your health and pregnancy, including the immunisation program, healthy eating, vitamins and oral health
- Emotional health and wellbeing and bonding with your baby
- Caring for your baby, including safer sleep, feeding choices and supporting their development
This list is not exhaustive and your Health Visitor can offer you advice and support in response to your worries or concerns.
You can find lots of advice, information and support for this stage of your pregnancy in our antenatal collection.
In addition to the Antenatal contact, Healthy Together also offers a health promotion programme to pregnant mothers called ‘Bumps to Babies’. This consists of four digital antenatal sessions, which can be accessed here.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust runs the first dedicated perinatal mental health text messaging service- called Mum’s Mind. This confidential service offers advice and information to support mothers during pregnancy and baby’s first year.
The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a member of the perinatal mental health team within 24 hours. Outside of the working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens. Please note that The Mum’s Mind service is not a crisis service and does not provide general advice on baby care.
To contact Mum’s Mind, text 07507 330 026
You can access advice on family health, baby care, and parenting through LPT’s original ChatHealth service.