"I don't know where I'd be without these services"
About: Children & younger people's services / Health visiting Nottingham West Children & younger people's services Health visiting Nottingham West Mansfield NG21 0HJ Stapleford Children's Centre Stapleford Children's Centre Stapleford NG9 8PD
Posted by BecP (as ),
I am new to the area and moved here a week before I gave birth to my daughter. My health visitor, Jo Lyons, contacted me as soon as she had my details and arranged to come out and see me (however my waters broke before I could have my appointment! ).
Jo came out to see me once our daughter had been born, and I have been so impressed with the support that I have received. Jo provided me with lots of useful information such as local groups that I can attend and an emergency contact number should I need to hear back from a health visitor quickly if she wasn't available. Jo also gave us fantastic advice about how to care for our daughter, for example when she had a problem with a 'sticky eye'. Jo really put us at ease and answered any questions that we had.
Jo passed on my details to the local breastfeeding support worker which has been a fantastic help, as it meant that I found out about a breastfeeding support group called Babes which is run at the Stapleford Care Centre. I have been attending that group since my daughter was 2 weeks old and it has been an important activity for me as it has encouraged me to continue to breastfeed even when I was struggling. This is due to the support received from Carole, the support worker, and the other mums who attend the group. Without this group I probably wouldn't get out of the house on a Tuesday! It has also helped me to meet some lovely people.
Jo also told me about the local Surestart Centre in Stapleford which has been a real lifeline for me. This involves a weekly group called Newborn Bundles which gets me out and about on a Monday morning. This is run by a lovely member of staff and volunteers who are very supportive and answer any questions that us new parents may have.
The services that I have accessed have been invaluable. They are the reason that I get out of the house and am meeting lovely new people. They have also helped me to continue to breastfeed my baby successfully. I don't know what I would do without these services and groups