They’ve changed it the visits now so that they meet you before you have the baby. I had mine at 32 weeks - it’s just to give you information about the support they offer, help and services they can provide.
Also means you can actually process some of the stuff they are telling you / advising you on while you don’t have a crying newborn and being completely exhausted.
They just want to give you some information and support. We have an excellent health visiting team here. Mine didn’t bat an eyelid when I ran off to vomit in the kitchen sink mid-chat. Remember, if you don’t want them, you don’t have to engage with them, but I’ve always found them useful. Maybe write a list of questions in advance.
We had our ‘antenatal’ HV home visit today. I’m 39 weeks today. She was really lovely, asked how we were both feeling prior to baby’s arrival, a few health questions like if we smoke, drink, issues with mental health etc.. it was more just like an informal chat and a bit of advice, getting to know us so when she meets baby at that first new birth visit it feels a bit more familiar. 😊
Just in case you don't know, Health visitors are qualified nurses who have done extra training and a degree. They are able to write prescriptions for babies and can refer for a range of things such as hearing tests, speech and language, paediatricians and problems with eyes.
HV also gave me the baby's red book, explained about sepsis, SIDS, post natal depression and the GP visits etc as well. We have an extra vigilant talk about making sure you don't lose your tether when the baby is in its first weeks etc here where I love because there's been a rather sad death if a baby where the parent didn't mean to kill the baby but they did. They were exhausted and just shook the baby without thinking and yeah. So I also got that whole "be careful, walk away, take a breath, go back when you're calm" because they don't want it to happen again.