"Health visitor service in Nottinghamshire"
About: Children & younger people's services / Health visiting Rushcliffe Children & younger people's services Health visiting Rushcliffe
Posted by NewMumNotts (as ),
The health visiting service in my local area was fantastic. The support offered to new mums was brilliant and two weekly drop in baby clinics provided access to a wealth of advice and support, or sometimes a friendly face when you were having a bad day. These baby clinics didn't just help me practically but also helped my mental health following some dark post natal times.
Since Christmas, cuts to the health visiting service mean that these drop in clinics are no longer run. I went to the self weigh session and was left really disappointed. It was on the floor, pushed into the corner of a different type of session. There was no friendly face, no one to offer advice, no one to notice if we are on the brink of falling through the net. my baby has dropped a percentile but no one to advise if this is an issue. No one even seemed to know how to operate the scales. I saw one mother with brand new baby twins who was struggling just to get her pram in, she looked exhausted, miserable and lost, she was just left to get on with it.
I think dropping these popular clinics is terrible, local mums seem to be unhappy about it and we miss the opportunity to see our fantastic health visitors. I know we can make an appointment, but sometimes you don't realise how much help you actually need until a friendly face sits down with you and asks you how you are.