You should be visited several times by your midwife or family nurse at home during the first 10 days. Friends and family will want to visit to meet your baby too.
It’s OK to ask visitors to:
Some new parents need more support than others. You’ll get extra support from your midwife, family nurse or other health professionals if your baby:
During the first 10 days your midwife will:
You’ll also need to register your baby with a GP
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A health visitor’s a registered nurse or midwife who’s done further study in public health nursing.
Your health visitor will:
In Scotland, the aim is that every child, young person and their parents have a `named person’ who is a clear and safe point of contact to seek support and advice about any aspect of your child’s wellbeing.
From when your child is born until they start school, your named person is your health visitor.
Your baby’s named person will:
They can also:
You’ll be given a personal child health record called the Red Book. You can use it to record information about your baby’s growth, development, tests and immunisations.
Keep it safe and take it to any appointments you have with a healthcare professional.
Family nurses offer the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme to young, first-time parents from early in their pregnancy until their child’s 2 years old. This program is available to first-time parents under the age of 20.
The programme includes home visits from a family nurse while you’re pregnant, and after your baby’s born. These visits help:
Your health visitor will take over from your family nurse when your baby is two until they go to school.
The Scottish Government has more information about Family Nurse Partnership
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3 November 2023