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how often should health visitor come? mine has not been seen for 4 months

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Murphyslaw21 Wed 09-Mar-16 12:58:06

Just wondering. My last visit was when baby was 6 months. She is now 10 months. I think she has forgotten me. Don't get me wrong she was useless and rude.

Just don't want to be missing out on anything important (sorry not sure how to phrase it)

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Wed 09-Mar-16 13:00:42

I don't think they do visit; where I am they hold weekly clinics that you take your DC to.

Speak to your GP surgery, they will have a contact number for the HV team

BloodyDogHairs Wed 09-Mar-16 13:03:16

My DS was seen at 4 months and then the next development check was at 3.5 yrs.

NickyEds Wed 09-Mar-16 13:04:44

After the initial post birth visits I think the next scheduled visit is the one year check. We also have a Hv and weighing clinic I take dd to to be weighed every now and then.

OiWithThePoodlesAlready Wed 09-Mar-16 13:04:46

I last saw mine when dd2 was 6 weeks. As far as I understood it there wouldn't be another visit until the 1 year check. I can't actually remember it there was even a 1 year check with dd1 but I definitely had a visit when she was a toddler.

unlimiteddilutingjuice Wed 09-Mar-16 13:06:17

I had health visitor once a week for the first month.
Then nothing until the development checks at 1 years and 2.5 years.
I think in my area there is a clinic you can go to if your concerned about something....but I never was!
I don't think you've missed anything OP

starsinyourpies Wed 09-Mar-16 13:06:20

We had to take them to clinic, I don think many places do long term home visits now!

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Wed 09-Mar-16 13:09:43

I didn't think they did visit after the newborn stage?
DD1 is 2. We saw the HV once at 2 weeks, once at 6 weeks (at clinic), once at 12 months and have just had her 2 year check.
DD2 is 8 months. We saw the HV at clinic for the 6 week check and I'm not expecting anything else until the 1 year check.
What do they come for in between those times?

NerrSnerr Wed 09-Mar-16 13:10:41

Ours only visited when she was a newborn. We took her up to the clinic to weigh her.

eurochick Wed 09-Mar-16 13:12:30

I don't think they do a lot of visits unless you are a family in need of support. We had two visits when she was a newborn and then a one year check. I had her weighed at the clinic for the first few months as she was prem and iugr. Frankly I'd be happy never to have seen one at all! I can't think of a single useful thing I took from any of those visits.

Floralnomad Wed 09-Mar-16 13:13:39

When I had my DC they only visited once after the midwife had finished and then it was up to you to go to clinics , I think unless you have problems that's the norm.

RatOnnaStick Wed 09-Mar-16 13:15:09

After the postnatal period its 12 weeks and then just scheduled development checks at home or clinic. (8 months - 1 year depending on area). They don't have the manpower or resources to visit in between times unless there is a specific reason for it. The clinics are there for weighing and any concerns or questions.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Wed 09-Mar-16 14:23:12

We definitely didn't have a visit/scheduled appointment at 12 weeks. Last one was 6 weeks.

cornishglos Wed 09-Mar-16 19:06:37

I imagine it depends where you live, but here they sign you off at 8 weeks and see you again at 12 months. But you can go to drop ins in between if you want to.

Murphyslaw21 Wed 09-Mar-16 19:08:22

Ok no worries then

BackforGood Wed 09-Mar-16 19:13:14

I thought the expectation was you went to clinic if you wanted to see them ? More surprised you had a visit at 6 months, tbh.

StealthPolarBear Wed 09-Mar-16 19:15:13

The mandatory reviews are antenatal, new birth, 6-8 weeks, one year and two to two and a half years.

StealthPolarBear Wed 09-Mar-16 19:15:42

Anything in between those is down to local requirements

StitchesInTime Wed 09-Mar-16 19:20:02

The mandatory reviews are antenatal, new birth, 6-8 weeks, one year and two to two and a half years

We had a visit at about 4 months too, to talk about weaning.

Otherwise, it's a case of we contact them if we have concerns / want DC weighed.

BeaufortBelle Wed 09-Mar-16 19:23:57

Stealth there are no mandatory reviews. They are obliged to offer those visits. No mother is obliged to accept them. Mine was so useless and unhelpful with ds I wrote to them (in fact I met the head of nursing at the trust because I made a formal complaint) when he was three months old and confirmed I wanted nothing further to do with them. I declined all contact with dd from the start. If I had concerns I sought clinical advice from a doctor. I asked advice about imminisations "I only know what's in the leaflet". I asked for help with breastfeeding "I'm not an expert, phone the NCT". She was unhelpful, incompetent and rude to boot.

If they aren't bothering you, you are missing nothing. If you have concerns please see a doctor.

StealthPolarBear Wed 09-Mar-16 19:26:36

Yes sorry I am coming at it from a mandatory to offer point of view.

StealthPolarBear Wed 09-Mar-16 19:27:00

Expectations of the service not the mother

StealthPolarBear Wed 09-Mar-16 19:27:53

I'm sorry you had bad experiences but they should work well and they should bea valuable support.

Murphyslaw21 Wed 09-Mar-16 19:33:08

Beau I'm pleased it was not just me, mine was a trainee who had no advice or suggestions but critisied everything.

My neighbour had same one she has three children and told her to leave.

So I don't miss her but just wanted to check

StealthPolarBear Wed 09-Mar-16 19:35:05

sad how depressing. Sorry you're both seeing useless ones (or not!)

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