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Antenatal

So you’re expecting a baby!

Antenatal
Pregnant mum and her daughter

Pregnancy is a time of rapid growth and development: This section contains information to help you and your baby stay as healthy as possible. A child’s experience and environment in the womb lay the foundation for life. Mothers and fathers are the most important influences on a child’s well-being and development. Pregnancy is a time to prepare for your new arrival; preparation and knowing what to expect can increase your confidence and make life easier for you once your baby has arrived.

What to expect from the Health Visiting service when you are pregnant

The antenatal appointment 

Your midwife will let us know that you are pregnant, we will be in touch to arrange a convenient time and place to meet you and introduce you to our service. This appointment will be offered to you from the 28th week of pregnancy. Contact your Health Visitor when you are pregnant

To help us tailor our service to suit your needs, we discuss a variety of topics with all families at the antenatal appointment. The topics include, your health and the health of your close family, support once the baby is born, preparation for the birth, feeding and caring for your baby, becoming a parent, meeting your baby for the first time and ways to get to know your baby. The appointment is also an opportunity to talk about any worries that you may have, we are here to help. If you are finding things difficult we can also help signpost you to other organisations who may be able to help. 

You are entitled to reasonable time off work for appointments and care whilst you are pregnant, regardless of how long you have been in your job; details are available on  Direct Gov website.

Fathers and partners are important and their support can make such a difference to mums and babies- we welcome fathers and partners at all health visiting appointments; or you may prefer to bring a close friend or member of your family with you.