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Services available to all families

The following services are available to all families across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Please note that some services are located in Devon where families access health services across the Cornwall / Devon border

Maternity services

Midwifery services support all families from conception, during pregnancy, birth and up to 28 days after birth. 


Maternity services within Cornwall are run by Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Kernow Maternity Voices is a partnership service run by Healthwatch Cornwall. You can find support on their website and the Kernow Maternity Voices Facebook page.

Kernow Maternity Voices partnership


Maternity services within Plymouth are run by Plymouth Hospitals Trust

Maternity services within the rest of Devon are run by Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Trust

Devon Maternity Voices Partnership is run by Evolving communities. You can contact them via: 

Health Visiting

Health visiting services support all families in the later stage of pregnancy until your child is 2½. However we can support you and your child until they are 5; they will the be supported by the school nurse team.  

Health visiting is run by Cornwall Council for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Find out about the service, including clinics and support available.

Visit health visiting

Drop in clinics are available in your local area:

View drop-in clinics

Health and development contacts are made at the following intervals: 

  • Antenatal
  • New birth visit
  • 6-8 week review
  • 9-12 month review
  • 2-2 1/2 year review

Find out about health and development contacts

Feeding your baby

Our health visiting teams provide infant feeding and breastfeeding support. This includes:

  • an essential guide
  • local breastfeeding peer support including a Facebook group and community based drop-in groups

Find infant feeding support

The Infant Feeding Team at Royal Cornwall Hospital provide support and advice, including more specialist support.

Visit the RCHT infant feeding team

Healthy Cornwall provides free and face to face based sessions on how and when to introduce solid foods into your baby's diet.

Visit Ready Steady Eat

Register a birth

Every birth in England and Wales must be registered within 42 days (6 weeks) of your baby being born.

Find out about registering your baby's birth


You can find a list of GPs on the NHS website

Find a GP


Dentists provide treatment to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain. Under 18’s should have a check up at least once a year.

Find a dentist


A full list of early years providers is available from the Family Information Service on 0800 587 8191.

Family Hubs

Family Hubs offer family support and community health services to families with children aged 9 months to 25 years. Services available include:

  • early help
  • early years
  • education
  • health
  • parenting

Find out what's on at our Family hubs

Family Information Service

The Family Information Service (FIS) supports families across Cornwall with free and impartial information and advice.

Visit the Family Information Service


Cornwall's Library Service provides access to a wide range of books for leisure and learning, plus: DVDs, online newspapers, eBooks, eAudiobooks, online magazines, music scores, plays and local information.

Find your local library

Our children's library provides bookstart, rhyme time and storytime sessions for babies and children which are free and fun.

Visit the children's library information

Being Active

Active Cornwall is the leading advocate in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for the power of physical activity. This includes the benefits that physical activity can bring to people and places, particularly those with the fewest opportunities and the most barriers, and those who have the greatest to gain from a physically active lifestyle.

Find out about activities during pregnancy and for new parents


We have a range of free courses available for parents / carers on a variety of topics to help you and your family. You can access these via the links below:

Access our online courses

Find out about our face to face courses


DadPad is the essential guide for new dads.  As a new dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need.  The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.

Need help?

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