What you can expect
Health visitors are registered nurses and midwives with specialist training in child health and development. They work in partnership with parents and carers to support the health and wellbeing of every child aged 0 to 5 years.
Health visitors deliver the National Healthy Child Programme and offer a universal service to all.
Every parent / carer is allocated a health visitor and he or she will contact you to undertake the following visits:
- Antenatal contact from 28 weeks of pregnancy
- Birth contacts 10 to 14 days after delivery
- Regular reviews: 6 to 8 weeks, 3 to 4 months, 9 to 12 months, 2 to 2½ years and 3½ to 4½ years
Your health visitor is always here to listen to any additional concerns you may have about yourself or your child and can provide extra support to assist you in overcoming these.
For well babies the team offers weekly clinics where you can get your baby weighed or speak to a health visitor for advice.
Please watch the video below to find out more information about the support you can expect to receive from your Health Visiting Service.
To contact your health visiting team, click on your area below:
Health Visiting Service leaflets – WCHC
- Cheshire East
- St Helens
The Institute of Health Visiting – video
The video showcases the unique opportunity and skills that health visitors have to build relationships and the support that health visitors can offer where additional concerns about parental mental health or the parent-infant relationship are identified. For more information visit the Institute of Health Visiting website.
Transition to parenthood
- Becoming pregnant – preparing to give birth
- What do I wish for my baby?
- Being with your baby – Becoming a mum
- My pregnancy and post-birth wellbeing plan
Looking after your relationships