A newborn home visit is an opportunity for new mothers and families to have peace of mind and ask in-depth questions about the health and safety of their new baby. The visit is conducted by a public health nurse who is specifically trained in working with families with new babies. Newborn home visits are also FREE to new mothers/families who live in Knox County. All visits are completed before the baby is 60 days old.
What the nurse will do:
Each visit is unique and focuses on the needs of the family. Some mothers/families may have lots of questions, and some mothers/families may just want reassurance. The visit may include:
- Assessing your baby's weight, development and general health
- Assisting with any of your health needs or concerns
- Providing information about breastfeeding and feeding support
- Providing education about health, development, and safety
- Linking your family to helpful programs and resources
- Scheduling follow-up visits if additional support or information is needed or requested
How to receive a visit
Upon the birth of your baby, Knox Community Hospital will give you a packet of information on health department's "Programs for Pregnant Moms, New Moms and Babies." If you deliver elsewhere, and would like home services, simply call the Knox Public Health at 740-392-2200 ext. 2237 and speak with our Newborn Home Visit Nurse (Jessica Parker, RN) to schedule a visit.