The first Health Visitor contact is the pre-birth appointment. The most important aim of these meetings is to help you form a strong bond of attachment with your baby – and there are all sorts of ways of encouraging this to happen. The process of bonding starts even before your baby is born.
The antenatal appointment is the first time that your health visitor will meet with you. Note we don’t specify “Mum”, “Dad” or “Carer” – we’re writing for everyone here!
The health visitor will complete the health needs assessment for you and your baby – covering physical health (such as your home and life being smoke free, and the benefits of breast feeding) and yours and your baby’s emotional & mental health. The health visitor will talk to you about your transition to parenthood – how you can bond with your baby during pregnancy and in the early days and help your baby’s early development. The health visitor will explain the healthy child programme and the health visiting service to you and will check whether you might need additional support. (Source – www.vivbennett.blog.gov.uk)
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