New Birth Appointments

We offer new birth appointments to new parents, normally 10-14 days after the birth of their baby. These can either be at your local health clinic or at home. 

This is an opportunity to meet one of our health visitors, who will carry out an assessment to identify health needs within the family. They do this so they can then offer relevant support and advice on topics such as feeding, how to cope with an unsettled baby, and your own health and wellbeing as parents.

If you haven't already received your child's 'red book', the health visitor will provide you with one at this appointment. The 'red book' is your child's Personal Child Health Record. It is used to record details about your child's health, such as weight, height, immunisations and development milestones.

During the visit we will also provide you with information on our child health clinics, schedules for immunisations, our advice line service for you and your child, local infant feeding support and other resources, such as details of the services provided by your local Children's Centres.

"Thank you for my visit - it was informative and left me feeling I‘d received a good service and care for my baby."

Parent, following their new birth visit

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Your health visitor will offer you:

  • A discussion about the birth of your baby, how you are feeling now as a parent and any concerns you have for you and/or your baby or family
  • Advice and support on feeding your baby
  • Local information on support services available
  • Advice on safety issues
  • Advice on immunisations.

You will need to have with you your Personal Child Health Record ('red book') and health visitor discharge letter from hospital. Both should have been given to you by your midwife after the birth of your baby. If you haven't been given a red book, the health visitor will give you one at the new birth appointment.

If you are feeding your baby with expressed milk or formula in a bottle, then you can help your baby to feed more calmly by practicing something called ‘paced bottle feeding’.

Promoting Emotional Wellbeing: Learn how to grow your baby’s brain

Recommended reading for new parents and parents to be

  1. Gerhardt S (2004) Why Love Matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain, Hove: Routledge - ISBN 978-1-58391-817-3

  2. Sunderland M (2007) What Every Parent Needs to Know:The Incredible effects of love, nurture and play on your child’s development, London: Dorling Kindersley ISBN 978-1-4053-2036-8