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New Birth Visit

Once your baby has been born, we will contact you to arrange a new birth visit. This is usually when your baby is around 2 weeks old. For baby’s that need to stay a bit longer in hospital, we will speak to you and do what works for your family. When we come and see you, it’s to see how you’re getting on and to support you, don’t worry about tidying up for us! If you have any questions or worries, you can call us before the visit, look on Just One Norfolk or write a list save them for the visit.

We ask how feeding is going and ask questions to make sure your baby is feeding adequately. These will be questions about how often they're feeding and we recommend feeding your baby when they tell you they want to, we call these feeding cues.

Good indicators of whether your baby is getting enough milk is whether they're weeing and pooing often and they have times when they are alert. W If you have any worries about how feeding is going we can observe a feed and discuss position

If you’ve chosen to breastfeed* and need any extra support we can observe a feed or give you some tips, if you need it (link to positioning and attachment). It’s recommended breastfed baby’s should be given extra vitamin D supplement. If you’re bottle feeding and want to ask about preparing formula, you can speak about that and sterilising*.

We will ask how your baby is getting on. We look at their skin, as some baby’s are jaundiced or some dry skin. If you notice your child has a birthmark* we encourage you to speak to your midwife about this and ensure they document it in the Red Book**. This is becuase if it is not documented by hospital staff or a midwife, we will ask you to see a health professional to review it. We will ask about the cord and to see if that is off and the area appears healthy. We usually weigh your baby at this visit and measure their head (if you’re happy for this) this is so we have a “baseline” weight and can ensure they are growing appropriately.
You may have questions about colic*, local baby groups* or something else, we can give you information or if we don’t know, we can help find someone who can.

 

PARENTS

We are not just there for baby, but parents as well. We will ask how you’re adjusting to having a baby. We know a new baby can be great, but can take some adapting to and we can discuss this. We’ll ask how you found the birth, recovering from it and support services you may want to know about. We recommend all Mum’s do pelvic floor exercises after the birth and for the first year. Your health visitor can advise about contraception postnatally. When a baby comes, we know this is a busy time and want to make sure you are thinking about your own health and wellbeing too, so can talk about healthy eating and exercise.

  • It is recommended breastfed babies from birth up to one year of age also be given a supplement of 8.5 to10µg/d vitamin D per day. Babies who are formula fed do not require vitamin D if they are having 500ml/day of infant formula or more, as infant formula already has added vitamin D. 

     

    To get Vitamin D

    Healthy Start, buy, prescribe - how to get - find places online, Can Health visitors prescribe?

  • In Norfolk most children receive their Personal Child health Record (red book) from the hearing screeners at the hospital. Health professionals will write in this, as can you. You can use it to write your child's developmental milestones and their personal details. 

    In this you can find information on your child's immunisation schedule, useful information for parents and your child's growth chart. Your health visitor/GP will weigh and measure your baby in the first few weeks. your health visitor can show you how to weigh and measure your baby and you can go to one of our self weigh stations to weigh your baby.

     

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  • We might talk about things which we have already spoken about at other visits: info sharing*, PAM*, feedback*, smoking cessation*, demographic data.

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    • Mouth movements, including smacking or licking his lips.
    • Sucking on lips, tongue, hands, fingers, toes, toys, or clothing.
    • Rooting, head bobbing or nuzzling against whoever is holding him.
    • Fidgeting or squirming a lot.
    • Fussing.
    • Crying—a late sign of hunger.
  • Your health visitor will tell you about services in your local area, such as the ECFS who offer free baby groups, baby massage and support families.

  • Antenatally you may not have been entitled to some benefits, which your change in circumstance may mean you are entitled (SS MAT Grant/Healthy Start).

  • Babies born early may go to NICU/Special care. If this is the case, we can contact you to ask what would work for you, whether we visit you at home or at the hospital or when would be good for you. 

    if your child born before 37 weeks, they will be added to the additional needs waiting list, where you will be offered a yearly contact for the first two years as we know these children can use some extra support.

  • Usually on day 5 a midwife will do your baby's newborn blood spot test, this is a small prick to the baby's heel and blood is placed on some special paper to be tested. It tests for 9 rare but serious health conditions. 

    By the time of the new birth visit health visitors do, most babies will have had their hell prick test. you may have had the results of this or the health visitor may be able to tell you them if they are on your child’s health record. If you haven’t heard anything by 4 weeks, call us. We’ll give you information about your baby’s immunisations schedule and these can be booked at your doctor’s surgery, we recommend you get your baby registered with your GP

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