Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Parenting and breastfeeding advice

Becoming a parent is a life changing experience which Together for Families delivers a lot of support with. During this time, our Health Visiting team is working to offer creative solutions to help you, where face to face appointments may not be possible.

Please see this information on Coronavirus and Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond from the Best Beginnings team.

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 Download the Unicef statement on infant feeding during Covid 19

Safer Sleep

Health Visiting

  • Antenatal contact to those families identified by the Midwifery Service who would benefit from a contact and extra support from the Health Visiting  team
  • New Birth Home Visit – we will telephone before we visit to check the family are well.
  • If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus / Covid-19, or you are self isolating, we will perform a telephone review and book follow ups until the end of your isolation period. We will then set a date for a home visit
  • Follow up at home - for those babies who need follow up with their weight due to concerns about the babies growth or have a repeat blood spot completed
  • Routine Health reviews by telephone (6-8 weeks, 1 year and 2 year reviews)
  • We will follow up referrals, however this will be done by telephone.
  • Health visiting and school nursing advice line 01872 322779

School Nursing

  • Telephone assessment, advice and support for all referrals, previously planned clinic appointments and follow ups
  • Telephone advice to schools to support them with children still in school and those that they have concerns about
  • We are working on offering virtual appointments via your laptop, tablet or mobile.

Maternity Triage

If you have concerns about your pregnancy or your baby, you can contact the Maternity Triage number and speak to a midwife at any time of day.

Telephone 01872 258000

WILD Young Parents Project

To speak with someone about parenting issues, arrange 1:1 support or get advice, email the WILD team.

Email hello@wildproject.org.uk

Core Parenting Programme

If you are a new family, our team can deliver the Core Parenting session via phone and internet / email as detailed below. To arrange a phone call with the team, please ring 07973 497409 or 07792 830394 and speak with one of our family workers who will contact you back and schedule these sessions with you.

We have created an easy read pdf of the whole programme which you can download below to give you an indication of what is covered throughout the sessions.

Download Easy Read pdf

Session 1:

On a call, we will talk you through the Parenting Quiz and the Maas and Paas assessments. You can also access this video Getting it Right from the start.

Safer Sleep session:

Visit the Lullaby Trust website and we will arrange a time to deliver the session verbally over the phone.

Basic Care session:

Watch the NHS youtube video ‘Bathing & top and Tailing Baby and we will arrange a time to call you and deliver the session over the phone.

Infant Feeding session:

Visit the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative:   

We will discuss these with you on the phone and answer any questions you may have.

Handle with Care Session:

Visit the NSPCC website. We will speak with you over the phone and go through this. We can then talk through the 'Plan to Manage my Frustration' form.  This video is also a useful guide: Shaking a baby is just not the deal.

Baby’s Brain Development session:

Watch the ‘Getting it Right from the Start’  video. Over the phone, our team will then talk through the Romanian Orphan research about the impact of neglect and talk through what neglect looks like. We will do the Brain Quiz over the phone and talk through what babies need for best brain development.  We recommend you download ‘Building a Happy Baby'.  We can talk this through it with you and answer any questions you may have. We can also cover Healthy Relationships and the Relationship Questionnaire.

Safety session:

Visit the Children Action Prevention Trust website and we will talk this through with you over the phone.

Play session: 

Visit the NHS guide to baby play ideas, which we will dicuss. We will then complete the end of session assessments to help you see how your confidence has improved. We will then complete the evaluation together.