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Tuesday 19 February 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Derby Health Visiting Services

Antenatal Contact

As part of your antenatal care your Health Visitor will visit you to introduce the Health Visiting services available to you.  This will be an opportunity for you to get to know the team, the area and also for your health visitor to share important information with you in regards to having a new baby.  As part of this visit your Health Visitor will discuss the importance of your maternal mental health and wellbeing.

Maternal Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Diet and Exercise is important in pregnancy to maintain both your and your baby’s health.
  • There is also free support available to you through Live Well while you are pregnant to help support your physical health.
  • You may be entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers which are vouchers for milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk.


Bonding with your Baby

From around 6 months of your pregnancy your baby is aware and influenced by what is going on around you.  You can use this time to develop your relationship with your unborn baby.  This will help your baby to respond to you when he/she is born, and will also develop your bond to your unborn baby.  The  10 Ways to Bond with your Baby Bump website below provides some useful ways to bond with your unborn baby.

Mood Changes

It is not uncommon for some mood changes to occur during your pregnancy due to changes in emotions and hormones.  Pregnancy is also a life changing event with a significant impact on relationships and normal routines.  Being overwhelmed is normal, however you should also make sure you are aware of any changes which affect your interest or pleasure in doing activities that you would normally enjoy, or you have become bothered by feeling down, depressed or hopeless.  If this is the case then please contact your GP, midwife or health visitor who will be able to advise you on this and offer help and support.  You can get more information on this from NHS Choices.

Feeding Intentions

How you choose to feed your baby is a really important decision. We will make time to have a chat with you about how you feel about feeding your baby.  Breastfeeding provides the best start for your baby and we will be there to support you with all aspects of this from information in preparation for breastfeeding to support when baby is here to make breastfeeding successful.  Breast milk is nutritionally unique to the mother and infant and contained hundreds of unique antibodies to protect your baby from infection and help development.

However you choose to feed your baby your Health Visiting team can support you to become confident and informed.  Many new mums do not actually decide how to feed their baby until they are born and midwifery staff will help to support you with skin to skin and first feeding.