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.
Most new birth contacts are now offered face to face within the home; there may be occasions where this contact needs to be over the telephone.
All public health nursing staff will wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during face to face visits in compliance with national infection control measures.
If you wish to speak to a health visitor about this contact, please contact your health visiting team or ChatHealth on the number below.
You will be contacted by your Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) to arrange a contact when your baby is 10-14 days old.
During this contact, you will be able to discuss lots of things, including:
- Feeding your baby
- Safe sleep and safety
- Emotional wellbeing and the support available
- Your family and environment
Part of this contact involves your baby being weighed and measured.
The Health Visitor will examine your baby, checking:
- For signs of jaundice
- Their eyes
- Their mouth
- Their umbilical cord and spine
They will talk you through what they are doing as they check your baby over.
Any marks, such as birth marks or marks from an assisted birth, will be documented on a body map in your child’s red book.
If there are any marks that can’t be identified a birth marks or birth injury, there is a process the Health Visitor will need to follow, known as safeguarding. This is to make sure your baby is safe. This leaflet explains the process.
You can find more advice and information in our ‘You and your newborn baby’ collection.