The Starting Well service forms part of the wider services provided by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP). The service is available to parents of children aged 0 – 19, and we have teams based across the CWP footprint. You can find out more about our Children’s Centres by visiting the Children’s Centres page. You can also view more information about our service in our Service Booklet.
Who are health visitors?
Health Visitors are specialist public health practitioners who have expertise in child development and family health. All children until 5 years of age have a Health Visitor. They are qualified nurses who have a specialist qualification in community health and have knowledge about adult and child health promotion and education.
What to expect
You can expect a flexible service to meet your family's needs, from a service that is delivered from a variety of settings, including your home, clinics and other community venues.
We deliver a service in collaboration with partners to ensure that you can access the best and most suitable advice and support including:
- Children's growth and development
- Infant feeding, including breast feeding and introducing solid foods
- Health promotion
- Emotional health and wellbeing
- Behavioural challenges, e.g., Sleeping, eating, toilet training
- Accident prevention
- Parenting skills and family support
You will receive a series of core visits from your Health Visitor, however, if together you identify that you have additional needs that require our support, your Health Visitor will offer further appointments outside of the list of core contacts.
Some families require more input that others, and so the Service offered is tailored to each family's needs.
Core contact times
Antenatal contact to all pregnant woman
- 10-14 days following the birth of your baby
- 6–8 week visit
- 1 year development assessment
- 2 year development assessment
Family-Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a free and voluntary programme for young parents expecting their first baby.
Your specially trained family nurse will help you understand all about your pregnancy and how to care well for yourself and your baby.
Your family nurse will provide you with information and support you to make decisions which:
- Increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy
- Help you manage your labour
- Improve your child’s development
- Build a positive relationship with your baby and others
- Help you plan for the future
- Enable you to make lifestyle choices that will give your child the best possible start in life.
- Enable you to achieve your aspirations (such as finding a job or returning to education)
Bosom buddy peer supporters are CWP volunteers who have breastfed their own children and have received additional training in breastfeeding. They provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support with non-judgemental and evidence-based information for both pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, supporting them to reach their breastfeeding goals. They also:
- Provide breastfeeding information during infant feeding workshops
- Provide support and encouragement to breastfeeding mothers
- Normalise breastfeeding in the local community through local events
- Help run mother and baby breastfeeding groups
- Provide support on the maternity wards as hospital volunteers
- Breastfeeding peer supporters are trained to support healthy breastfeeding mothers with healthy term infants (specific breastfeeding problems will always be referred to a health professional and/or breastfeeding specialist)
For more information, please visit Facebook - Breastfeeding Bosom Buddies (CWP).