Kent Baby

The NHS in Kent is here to support you and your baby after you have given birth.

Once you have had your baby, our health visiting service will see you for a new birth visit from around day 10-14 and can offer you support right up until your baby grows up and starts school.

We have a duty health visitor who is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm who can talk to you about any concerns you may have or support you to access the right service. You can find the contact details in your red book or contact your local team.

Baby hubs

Baby hubs offer you and your family the opportunity to drop in and see your local health visiting team. You can ask for advice including challenges that you may be facing with feeding, colic, tummy upsets, sleeping etc.

We run regular workshops from our baby hubs which cover topics such as infant wellbeing, managing minor illness and reducing accidents, learning through play and introducing solid foods.

Baby hubs are aimed at supporting families with babies under the age of one.

Healthy child clinics

Healthy Child Clinics offer you the opportunity to drop in and see your local health visiting team who will be able to offer you support and advice. They will also be able to weigh your baby or child.

Breastfeeding drop in groups

Our breastfeeding drop in groups are supportive, social, and welcome all pregnant and breastfeeding women and their families. Our trained breastfeeding champions will be able to provide information and help if you have a breastfeeding concern or you can simply come along for some social support from other breastfeeding mums. Get more information about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding peer support groups

Our peer supporters are all mums who have breastfed themselves and been trained to offer mum to mum support. Across Kent we run a variety of peer support led groups offering social support to breastfeeding mums and their families. Get more information about breastfeeding.

Your comments

May 2018

Each time I have called the service, the team has been incredibly responsive and supportive. My calls have always been returned promptly if the team was not immediately available and the advice imparted has been extremely helpful and pragmatic. I have had several anxieties along the way such as putting our son in nursery at 7 months, how to transition him from breast to bottle etc etc and the advice at each stage has been so useful.

In a world where there is so much contradictory information on the internet, it is so reassuring to know that a team of professionals is on hand that have first-hand experience of your issues.

I just wanted to thank you all for the support and reassurance that you have given me as a new mum with no immediate family on hand to call upon. I’d be lost without you!

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