Child & family health services

Children’s Centres work in partnership with community health teams, the NHS and Virgin Care to make sure your family’s health and wellbeing needs are met. Working in partnership with Virgin Care we host services such as antenatal classes and Child Health Clinics.

CHILD HEALTH CLINICS AND DEVELOPMENTALS

Health visitors run Child Heath Clinics across the cluster for parents/carers and their under 5s. A chance to see a health professional and ask any questions you might have about your child’s health. You can raise any concerns or simply ask for more information. There is also an opportunity to weigh and measure your baby. The session is on a ‘drop in’ basis. Parents and children are welcome to come along any time during the session.

Antenatal

We provide an antenatal classes in partnership with the local midwifery and health visiting teams, aiming to introduce parents to the services that our Children’s Centre can provide in the early weeks of your baby’s life. Parents are also given a detailed session on the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk, which is the only food your baby needs for the first 6 months. Breastfeeding also gives Baby the best possible start in life, in terms of physical and emotional wellbeing, secure attachment and best intellectual development, allowing each child to fulfil their unique potential. The midwives deliver a session giving information on pain relief and labour and what to expect in the first few hours and days of your baby’s life. To book your Children’s Centre Antenatal classes please phone our Whipton Children’s Centre on 01392 464754
If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old you may be eligible to get free Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods.

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Healthy Start Vitamins

Breast Pumps

For families living in our cluster area, We hire out breast pumps at Sidmouth Children’s Centre for more information please contact us on 01395 576786. If you live outside our cluster area please contact your local Children’s centre for details on their hiring provision.

Breastfeeding

We Offer Breastfeeding  Peer Support in some of our sessions. these sessions offer a friendly inviting environment to meet other parents and share similar experiences. The Children’s Centre staff are on hand to help with any challenges you may be experiencing.

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