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Wednesday 20 March 2019
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Derby Health Visiting Services

10-14 Day Birth Visit

CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your baby. Your midwife will lead on this care and your health visitor will visit you between 10 and 14 days in preparation of transferring your care from midwife to health visitor.

Bonding and Attachment

You can enjoy skin-to-skin contact at anytime with your baby and it is also a lovely way for Dad to feel close to baby.

New-borns can focus on objects about eight to 15 inches away. A new-born's sense of smell is so acute that she can already tell the difference between the smell of her mother’s milk and that of another mother.

Handle with Care

Rough handling of babies can cause serious injuries. Handle with care: a guide to keeping your baby safe explains the dangers and gives advice on safe ways of holding and caring for a baby.

This simple leaflet explains why parents should never shake their babies and suggests ways of coping when the crying doesn’t stop.

Handle with Care Guide Keeping Baby Safe

How are you feeling?

  • During the past month, have you often been bothered by feeling down,  depressed or hopeless? 
  • During the past month, have you often been bothered by having little interest or pleasure in doing things? 
  • Is this something you feel you need or want help with?’ If so please don’t hesitate to speak to your Health Visitor. 


Having a baby is an emotional, life changing experience! Many new parents will feel joy and happiness but perhaps also worried and nervous about the responsibility of having a new-born to look after.

It is important to share how your feeling and how you are adjusting to the changes with someone.  Try talking to your partner, friends and family about your emotions after birth. It might be now that you think about talking to other new parents, accessing groups  is a great place to meet new people in familiar circumstances.

“During the first week after giving birth, many new mums can find themselves feeling weepy and irritable. This is called the ‘baby blues’ and it is experienced by up to 80% of mums after giving birth.” (The National Childbirth Trust. 2015)

Your Emotions After Birth

Responsive feeding

How you choose to feed your baby is something we are certain you have been thinking about for the past 9 months. Now your baby has arrived there are many services available to support you with feeding. Below are the numbers of various breast feeding support groups. Don’t forget we also hold breast feeding clubs within the City, please see the list below for your nearest support group. All Health Visitors are trained to support you with feeding your baby and we can also refer you to ‘The Infant Feeding Team’ if more intense support is needed.

Breast feeding support


If you or your baby is unwell – Choose Well!

Watch the YouTube link  NHS Choose Well TV advert 2011 for advice around where to go if you or your family are unwell.

If you need medical help fast…. But it is NOT an emergency then call - NHS: 111 

Safe Sleep

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found.  While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps parents can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.


If you have made the decision to bottle feed your baby and would like some information on which milk to use and making feeds up  then please see this really useful leaflet from UNICEF.

Guide to Bottle Feeding


Whether you have been thinking about having  sex or not it is important to remember that once you have had a baby you are usually more fertile, that’s why we recommend you think about your contraception options. This is a really useful guide from the Family Planning Agency all about choosing your contraception.  You can discuss this further with your Health Visitor anytime or your G.P. at your 6 week post natal check.

Your Guide  Contraception after Having a Baby.

Please Do Not Hesitate to contact your Health Visitor if you have any concerns or would like some advice!