Should you need urgent health advice please contact your GP or call NHS 111. In an emergency please visit A&E or call 999

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Dads are important too!

What support is available? Introducing DadPad.

Having a baby can be exciting, but it can also bring about big changes that can leave you feeling left out, scared and even overwhelmed. Not only do you have a new baby to care for, but you are often busy supporting your partner with their health and wellbeing too. It sounds exhausting! If that is how you feel, then you are not alone and your local health visiting team is here to help.

We offer every family at least five contacts with their health visiting team, from an antenatal appointment from the 28th week of pregnancy onwards to a development review when your child reaches the age of two. More information is available on our health visiting service page. These appointments aren’t just for mum because we know dads are just as important in helping to give their baby the best start in life. We are keen to meet you too, find out about how you are feeling and offer support and advice as you need it.


DadPad is a free app which has lots of useful tips to help you build a strong bond with your baby and give you confidence in your new role. This is free whether you live in West Sussex or Brighton and Hove. Please go to your app store to download and register using your post-code. (Do not pay for it through the website, as it is free via your app store using your postcode.) Read more about DadPad


  • You are important too! Talking and playing and having skin to skin time with your baby releases happy hormones for you both. These hormones can make your baby feel calm and safe and helps you to bond with each other
  • If you are feeling anxious or low, then you are not alone. Postnatal depression can affect up to 1 in 10 Dads. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from your health visitor. They may be able to offer you extra support and advice. Your health visitor or GP can also signpost you to other local services such as talking therapies with Time to Talk

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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ParentLine. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm in Brighton & Hove and Monday to Friday between 9am to 4.30pm in West Sussex, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor 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.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 08-01-2024

This page will be next reviewed on 02-01-2025