Health Visitors are qualified nurses who have completed a qualification in public health nursing and are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing ill health in families. Health Visitors deliver the Healthy Child Programme which enables them to support families, review child growth and development and give public health messages to all families. Health Visitors are trained in breastfeeding management (UNICEF 2 day management course) and will review breastfeeding at each visit.
Healthy Child Programme
As prevention is better than the cure, Health Visitors focus on providing you with a programme of screening, immunisation (from your GP), health and development reviews. However, Health Visitors will also offer you advice around wider health, wellbeing and parenting issues.
As part of the Healthy Child Programme, your family will be offered:
- Ante natal contact to prepare you and your whole family for the new arrival.
- New baby visit at 10 to 14 days after delivery to see how things are going and assess your future health needs. Feeding assessment, support and information will be given.
- Six week assessment to review the general health, growth and development of mum and baby
- 8-12 month assessment to review your baby’s health, growth and development and plan any future health visits
- 2-2.5 year assessment to review your child’s health, growth and development and plan future support.
Healthy Family Peer Support Workers
Health Family Peer Support Workers (HFSPW) are based within Health Visiting teams across Derbyshire. HFPSW are local mothers who have breastfed their own children and are trained in breastfeeding management (UNICEF 2 day breastfeeding management). They are knowledgeable about local services and will help you with feeding your infant by giving you support and information. HFPSW aim to help each child in Derbyshire have a healthy start in life and also provide information and support for all families about infant nutrition, such as introducing complementary foods.
Antenatal feeding groups are run by the HFPSW and are offered to all parents at the Health Visitor antenatal contact. The group sessions give parents introductory information about how they may choose to feed their baby.
Babies who are being breastfed when discharged from hospital will receive the following contacts for breastfeeding support from the HFPSW. Additional support and home visits are planned in response to your needs:
- 24 - 48 hours after hospital discharge. The HFPSW will telephone or send you a text to find out how breastfeeding is going.
- 2 - 4 days Visit you at home to give practical support and information.
- 8 days Visit you at home to give practical support and information.
- 16 days the HFPSW will send a text to see how you are and if breastfeeding is going well.