Being pregnant and preparing for a new baby can be both exciting and daunting. As soon as you find out you are pregnant you should make an appointment with the midwife at your local GP surgery. Until you are around seven months pregnant your care will mostly be provided by your GP, midwife or obstetrician.
Around the seventh month of your pregnancy a health visitor from the 0-19 team will send you an appointment to see you. The purpose of this visit is to get to know you a little and to help us understand if there is anything we can help you with before your little one arrives. You don’t need to contact us to arrange your home visit, we will contact you.
If there have been any complications or difficulties during your pregnancy the 0-19 team may work alongside other professionals to ensure you, your family and developing baby receive all the services, care and support you need.
If you are a first time mum aged 25 and under with additional needs then you may have involvement from our Partnering Families Team (PFT). Ask your midwife for more details and a referral or contact the Partnering Families Team on 01902 446288 or email email@example.com. The specialist health visitors for the homeless and the Gypsies, Travellers, Refugees and Migrants are also incorporated into this team.
There are many choices to make and information you will need to keep you and your baby healthy and safe. Your midwife, health visitor or family nurse can give you all this information, but you may also want to read up for yourself.
Below are links to a wide range of websites and online leaflets. These are all based on the most up to date advice and information:
NHS Start 4 Life
Express Yourself Mums
You and Your Partner
NHS website - Pregnancy and Your Partner
Mental Health Problems and Pregnancy
RSPCA - Dogs and Children
ROSPA - Keeping Kids SafeFirst Steps Nutrition