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Monday 20 November 2017
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Derby Health Visiting Services

You and Your Baby’s 6-8 week Health and Development Review

Your Health Visitor will arrange to see your baby in clinic or in your home. This is an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have. Your Health Visitor will ask you about your physical and emotional well-being as well as review your baby’s growth, development and feeding. If you are breastfeeding your baby we hope you have had the opportunity to visit one of our breastfeeding clubs. Your Health Visitor will ask some questions about breastfeeding to ensure effective feeding and may advise you on positioning and attaching baby to the breast. If you have chosen to formula feed your baby, your Health Visitor will discuss with you the best way to hold your baby during feeding. Responsive feeding is encouraged as baby leads the way!

You may have noticed some changes in your baby’s development such as noticing him/her smile, cooing and able to visually follow you when you are near.

Your health visitor will discuss with you ways to aid your baby’s development and ways to encourage their language skills.

Take a look at these links to see how your baby communicates with you

 

Your Health Visitor may encourage you to try tummy time with your baby; This will strengthen your baby’s head, trunk and neck muscles.  This will help build on and strengthen your baby’s motor skills.

Baby Physical Development - pdf

Your Baby’s brain is developing rapidly through their senses and experiences of their environment. Take a look at the YouTube clip below on how your baby’s brain is developing.

Your Health visitor will enquire how your baby is sleeping. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the cot or Moses basket on his/her back with feet to the base of the cot. See the link below for further information on how to reduce the incidence of sudden infant death.

Medical check-up for you and your baby is around 6-8 weeks. It is important you make this appointment with your general practitioner. Your Health visitor will have asked you about  forms of contraception which may be suitable for you and fit in with your lifestyle in preparation for this appointment. However, this does not mean that you should feel pressurised into having intercourse if you do not feel ready. 

Once you have had your G.P. check up you may want to start exercising and eating healthily for your own benefits and for your baby’s. Take a look at the link for ideas around exercising. This is good not only for your physical health but also for your emotional well-being.

The birth of a child can be emotionally challenging and at times stressful for some fathers as well as mothers.

It is important that if the father is experiencing low mood,  that support is sought. Finances, lifestyle factors and the transition to parenthood can impact on emotional health.

Having a baby can be both challenging and rewarding.

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”