Having a baby can be a very exciting time and people often have a lot of questions. Please find below a list of resources we hope you will find helpful before your baby arrives.  You will be offered an antenatal home visit by a health visitor and your health visitor will contact you to arrange to see you when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old, you do not need to let your health visitor know you have had your baby, the hospital will inform them.  For more information please contact your local team on one of the numbers below:


North team (Clifton) 01904 552322

West team (Acomb) 01904 555475

East team (Tang Hall) 01904 551760

To support you during your pregnancy and prepare you for your new arrival we have put together a list of websites where you can find further information.


  • Healthy Start Vouchers - More information and a printable application form can be found here
  • Healthy Child Programme -  The Healthy Child Programme for the early life stages focuses on a universal preventative service, providing families with a programme of screening, immunisation, health and development reviews, supplemented by advice around health, wellbeing and parenting.                                             
  • CYC Yorwellbeing  - City of York Health Trainers who can support you to live a healthier lifestyle, including free health checks and stop smoking support
  • Changing Lives - Changing Lives work with people who are in crisis or who need support to overcome serious challenges that can limit their opportunities. They help people to develop the skills and self-belief to move past prior experiences, change their story and achieve a better future – for themselves, their families and their communities.
  • Lullaby Trust -  The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families                                        
  • NHS homepage - The NHS homepage has information, guidance and tools relating to all aspects of your health, including how to get medical help, where to find health related services and apps for improving health.            
  • NHS Vaccinations -  This guide can help you understand the vaccines offered in the UK and when to have them. It also explains how they work and why they're safe and important                                                        
  • Personal Child Health Record (Red book) -  The Personal Child Health Record, also known as the PCHR or 'red book', is a national standard health and development record given to parents/carers at a child's birth.                                                           
  • Department of Health ‘off to the best start’  - An information leaflet all about breastfeeding
  • Department of Health ‘guide to bottle feeding’ - An information leaflet all about bottle feeding
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Service  IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Parenting Track

Find out more information what to expect during those early years from birth to three years old in the Parenting Track.


Useful documents

pdfI am on my way (0.96 MB)