The first home visit to the family by their named health visitor will take place when the newly born baby is aged between 10-14 days old.
The focus of this visit is the health and wellbeing of the mother and baby, and the wider family. Key health promotion topics will be discussed, with a particular focus on feeding and relationship building, transition to parenthood, sleep and the crying baby. Information will also be provided on all the local childhood services on offer, and support to engage with this as appropriate.
In addition to the New Birth Visit, all Islington parents will be invited to join the New Parents’ Group, which they can self-refer to by contacting their local Bright Start office. The New Parents’ Groups are a chance to meet other new parents and take part in topic-based discussions.
Families who would like extra support with breastfeeding can call the Islington Support Team on 020 3316 8439 (office hours) or their health visiting team
. Outside of office hours, families can call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. There are also a number of support drop-ins across Islington, information for which can all be found here
Health Visitors help to support pregnant women and new parents who are experiencing challenges with their emotional and mental wellbeing. They will ask about families’ emotional health when they meet for routine visits and will discuss with them what the best sources of support might be. This could include offering Listening Visits – where a health visitor will visit weekly at home to listen to their concerns and offer counselling support. Health Visitors may also refer to a specialist service if that is more appropriate. Families can contact their local Bright Start health visiting team for further information about the perinatal mental health support.
If you haven't already registered with Bright Start and accessed the local activities and services, please print off this form
and take it to your local Children's Centre where you will be helped to complete it.