Health Visitor

Today saw the first appearance of our named “health visitor”: a fat, sour-faced, ageing woman whose role in all this I’m still trying to figure out.

Ante-natal care was great (ante-natal classes aside) with our very friendly local midwife team of Amy, Faye, and Fiona. Couldn’t have asked for more. Same with the various check-ups and hospital visits Katrina endured during the difficult pregnancy. Once in labour, the team who stuck with us and eventually delivered the baby were wonderful and Katrina’s only complaint about the whole stay in hospital was the quality of the tea-bags. It really was that good.

So now we reach the part where… well I don’t know exactly where we are. Lucy has been born and is doing well. Why we need someone to come round our house and do paperwork is beyond me. There was a perfectly good system in place where we saw friendly people at our local doctor’s surgery every couple of weeks (weekly towards the end) for both Katrina’s and unborn-baby’s health. Now we have a miserable woman turn-up asking a miscellany of questions, filling-in paperwork and then leaving. She didn’t even need to weigh Lucy, it was our choice.

And why am I not over-enamoured by this woman? Well, her general attitude is just a bit rubbish and slightly condescending. She’s also a mumbler which I can’t stand; and gets irritated when asked to repeat something. For a woman who’s supposed to be encouraging the health of a child, her physique is hardly something to aspire to either. We both think she smells a bit too. She turned up without some of the booklets we were supposed to receive: if I turned up in front of a customer at work that ill-prepared there would be some very awkward questions asked later.

Even the initial introduction was poor – she sort of introduced herself (by name alone) then set about silently scribbling stuff in a notebook for a bit without letting us know what would be happening, or what she was doing. That’s just rude.

I learned later from Katrina that it is likely this woman is our named health visitor for the foreseeable future (unless until she has a heart attack). I hope I grow to like her because initial impressions are poor.

Lucy’s weight today was 4.560kg (10lbs 1oz), which means she has now re-attained her birth weight and has put on 8.5ozs in the past 8 days, which is good.