About the program
A newborn home visit is an opportunity for families to get 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 specially trained in working with families with new babies. Newborn home visits are free and are provided soon after the baby comes home from the hospital. To schedule a newborn home visit, please call Susie Knox at (937) 642-2053.
What the nurse will do:
Each visit is unique and focuses on the needs of the family. Some families may have lots of questions, and some families may just want reassurance. Every family receives the New Mom and Baby book and goodies to welcome the new baby into our community. 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 we can help
Newborn home visit provide peace of mind during the exciting, but challenging first few weeks of parenthood. Newborn home visits are proven to increase parents' knowledge about caring for an infant and promote healthy family behaviors. For your participation in this program you will receive an infant appropriate gift.
Who is eligible for visits
Visits are available for all Union county families with new babies. These visits are provided FREE.
How to receive a visit
Upon the birth of your baby, the hospital may give you an information packet. For parents who deliver at Memorial Hospital there is a visit form in your discharge packet. Just fill out the form and give it to a hospital staff person. If you are delivering elsewhere, and would still like a visit, simply call the Union County Health Department at 937-645-2059 and ask to speak to the Newborn Home Visit Nurse. The nurse will schedule the visit with you when you call.