Please check with your midwife or healthcare professional for any queries or clinical concerns. Click any of these links to find our further information and National Guidance:
Important Health Notices
Should I take Vitamin D supplementation?
All pregnant women are to consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to keep your bones and muscles healthy.
Vitamin D supplements are available from most pharmacies, supermarkets and other retailers.
Vitamin D in some foods, including oily fish, eggs and red meat.
Vitamin D is added to some breakfast cereals, fat spreads and non-dairy milk alternatives. The amounts might only be small.
If you have dark skin or always cover your skin You may be at particular risk of not having enough vitamin D. You may need to consider taking a daily supplement of vitamin D all year. Talk to a midwife or doctor if this applies to you.
Important Health Notices
North Cumbria CCG Notices:
We are urging people to use the NHS if they need to – there are steps in place to ensure you won’t be put at risk, lots of phone calls, video consultations for your general practice concerns and the hospital has non Covid-19 areas. Anyone who is pregnant should be accessing their health checks and appointments and if they are worried should be talking to their midwife.
ICON is a programme that provides information about infant crying and how to cope.
During this challenging time stress levels at home may be increased.
For more infomation about ICON Click Here
Newborn babies with illness:
Although the risks are very low, you may be concerned that your baby could get coronavirus. This leaflet tells you what to look out for. Do not delay seeking help if you have concerns.
Children with illness:
Advice for parents during coronavirus for children who are unwell or injured.
If you notice a change in your baby's regular movement call your midwife or maternity unit immediately. Read more at www.kickscount.org.uk
Local Maternity Service Contact Details
If you notice a change in your baby's regular movement call your midwife or maternity unit immediately.
Cumberland Infirmary, Newtown Road, Carlisle, CA2 7HY
Penrith Birth Centre:
Penrith Birth Centre, Bridge Lane, Penrith, CA11 8HX
West Cumberland Hospital:
West Cumberland Hospital, Homewood Rd.,Whitehaven CA28 8JG
Community Midwives Contact Numbers:
Appleby: 01768 54959
Brampton: 016977 41365
Carlisle: 01228 814872
Cockermouth: 01900 705760
Copeland: 01946 523229
Keswick and Penrith: 01768 245558
Maryport: 01900 811840
Wigton: 016973 66609
Workington: 01900 705033
Health Visitor Contacts
Health Visitors Service – Update September 2020
Our health visiting teams continue to support families and new babies. But due to the continued presence of Covid-19 and the necessary safety measures to contain the spread of this virus, Health Visitors are still only able to offer a reduced face to face service at this time.
Our Health Visitors will contact you by phone initially and are trying to make home visits where it is safe to do so.
Baby Clinics are still suspended until further notice and teams are looking at re-introducing appointment only clinics which you will be invited to by your health visitor if necessary.
Health Visitors have been unable to offer face to face Developmental Checks, these are beginning to be re-introduced where possible and as clinic rooms become available but teams are continuing to offer advice or support over the phone. If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s development please get in touch.
The Health Visiting Service is working hard to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to protect families and staff which has led to working in different ways. But as more clinic rooms become available the teams hope to offer more face to face developmental reviews and appointment only clinics for families.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s health please contact us
Copeland Health Visitors: 01946 814434
Allerdale Health Visitors: 01900 705173
Carlisle Health Visitors: Carleton Clinic 01228 608953, Carlisle West Children’s Centre 01228 608045
Facebook Support Group
We have created a new pop-up facebook support group for expectant and new parents in West North and East Cumbria to ask questions, share and find support during the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.
Click this link to access it.