It can be a lonely and scary place swimming against the tide of opinion. Going out alone and standing up for what you think is right can be a hard thing to do, especially when it brings with it emotional ties such as your children.
All too often people comply with these things because they feel compelled too. Society tells us we should do, and not to do so marks you out as a trouble maker.
A health visitor will usually visit you for the first time around 10 days after your baby is born. After that, you will see your health visitor at the child health clinic, although you can ask to see them at any time. If you’re bringing up a child on your own or struggling, your health visitor will probably come to see whether you need any help.
A health visitor is a qualified nurse who has had extra training. Part of their role is to help families avoid illness and stay healthy, especially families with babies and young children. Health visitors are members of a team that offers screening and developmental checks as part of the Healthy Child Programme.
Talk to your health visitor or a member of the team if you feel anxious, depressed or worried. They can give you advice and suggest where to find help. They may also be able to put you in touch with groups where you can meet other mothers.
Your health visitor can visit you at home, or you can see them at your child health clinic, GP surgery or health centre, depending on where they’re based. Your health visitor will make sure you’ve got their phone number.