Our health visiting teams work with mothers and fathers and their families to promote the health and wellbeing of children from pregnancy until school age. Health Visitors are nurses or midwives who have undertaken additional training in community public health nursing. By supporting parents to learn and develop the skills required to bring up their children, our health visiting teams help give the new generation the best possible start in life.
Our routine Health Visitor contacts for all children in Hillingdon are as follows:
- Antenatal contact
- New baby visit at 10-14 days
- Six week contact at 4 - 8 weeks
- Health and developmental review 9-12 months
- Health and developmental review 2-2.5 years
All children 0-5 years (pre-school) are under the care of the health visiting service in Hillingdon and are referred to the Health Visiting service by the midwives/hospital maternity teams or your GP.
Our website will provide you and your family with some useful information before and for when you have your baby. If you would to see a health visitor to discuss you or your family’s health or any concerns that you may have during your pregnancy, then please contact us on the email address or phone number above to arrange to speak with your local health visitor.
You can download the mum and baby app as your personal NHS guide for pregnancy, birth and beyond. Just search for ‘mum and baby’ in the Apple Store or Google Play now.
Your health visiting antenatal contact is your first introduction to the support, advice and services you can access from the Health Visiting team. You and your baby will have a health visitor until they start school so it's important you know what your local Health Visiting team offer and how you can contact them. Find out more in our patient information leaflet.
At around 30 weeks all mothers-to-be in Hillingdon will be invited to attend an antenatal group session with a Health Visitor.
Parents can access free antenatal classes in Children's Centres across Hillingdon. These classes will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice about the birth and caring for your baby.
To find out when sessions are taking place, please visit this website.
In pregnancy and the early years of life your baby’s brain is growing very quickly and there are many things you can do to help them to grow and make them feel safe and secure.
The eRedbook is the digital version of the original paper red book. This is a record of your child's health and development including their growth and immunisations. The eRedbook allows you to securely record your child's firsts and share their health record with significant others in your child's life as well as health professionals.
Once you have registered for your eRedbook it can be connected to your child's health record. You can do this by asking your midwife or health visitor to 'vouch' your child's record.
Once your child's record is vouched you will be able to see their new born hearing test results, new born blood spot results, new born and infant physical examination (NIPE) and their immunisation records.
Pregnant women and families with children under four who are getting income-based benefits and tax credits can apply for support from Healthy Start
The Department of Health recommends that everyone over one year of age should take a 10μg/d vitamin D supplement daily and, as a precaution, breastfed babies from birth up to one year of age also be given a supplement of 8.5 to10μg/d vitamin D per day.
All of our staff have received UNICEF Baby Friendly training in order to support parents with feeding and caring for their babies.
Baby feeding support groups are run in collaboration with The Hillingdon Hospital maternity services and Hillingdon Children’s Centres. For more information, please download this flyer.
Breastfeeding support is also available in the Children’s Centres where staff have been trained to help you. Parents are advised to telephone their local Children’s Centre or Health Visitor to ask for help during normal working hours. There is also a specialist referral pathway for more complex feeding issues via the Infant Feeding Coordinator.
The Hillingdon Hospital maternity unit has developed a Breastfeeding Guide which provides simple and clear guidance to get you off to the best start.
Out of Hours Support:
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300 100 0212 (09:30am to 09:30pm)
BFN Supporter line in Bengali / Sylheti: 0300 456 2421 (9.30am -9.30 pm 7 days a week)
NCT Helpline 0300 330 0700 (8am-midnight)
La Leche League GB Helpline 0345 120 2918 (8am-11pm)
- Breast and bottle-feeding guides in other languages
- Maximising Breastmilk
- Formula and Responsive Bottle Feeding
- Natural breastfeeding video
- Global Health Media breastfeefing videos
- First Steps Nutrition - infant feeing including bottle-feeding and weaning
- Breastfeeding and returning to work
Introduction to solid food
Introducing solid foods to your baby can be an exciting but also daunting time. Your health visiting team is available to help you with advice and discuss any concerns you may have. Please call for further information
For health reasons, we recommend that babies are fed solely on breastmilk or infant formula for the first six months.
Here are some helpful resources to support you and your baby with introduction to solid foods:
- Birth (by your maternity ward on giving birth)
- First week (usually done by the community midwife around 10 days)
- 6-8 weeks
- 12 weeks
- 16 weeks
- 1 year
- 2 years
- 5 years (by school nurses)
You can check your baby's weight by attending one of your drop-in clinics. If you have any concerns about your baby's weight then please discuss this with your Health Visitor or contact us.
For guidance on safer sleep for babies, please see the following useful links which provide essential tips:
- UNICEF’s guide to caring for your baby at night
- Lullaby Trust’s safer sleep for babies guide for parents
- Lullaby Trust’s guide to buying safer sleep essentials
- Lift the Baby for Safer Sleeping campaign (video)
- The Baby Sleep Information Source (Basis) website presents research evidence and information about biologically normal sleep for human babies.
The child immunisation programme for your baby/child, found here, explains what immunisations your baby/child needs, and when they need it.
Postnatal depression is a type of depression that many parents experience after having a baby.
It’s a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. It can also affect fathers and partners.
It’s important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family.
With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.
Please download and read this leaflet for more information and support.
The following links provide parents with a variety of further information and support:
All children 0-5 years (pre-school) are under the care of the Health Visiting Service in Hillingdon and are referred to the Health Visiting Service by the midwives/hospital maternity teams or your GP.
Parents/carers are seen at either Children’s Health Hubs, Children Centres and health centres, as well as their own home, where appropriate.
If you are not already being seen by this service you can self-refer. Please see our service information leaflet on how to make contact.
Please contact us if you are worried about:
- Your child's health and development
- Your own ability to cope due to stress or ill health
- Other family problems affecting your children
If you need help in a crisis, please do the following
- Contact the CNWL service looking after you during their office hours
- If the crisis is during when your service is closed, there are alternative options provided by the NHS found on this page, including when to call 111 or 999
- If you are not already being looked after by CNWL or elsewhere within the NHS, see your GP during normal working hours as they can then refer you to a local service.
Find your closest GP on NHS Choices.