Forsyth Medical Center

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Novant Health First Steps

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Nurse visits can help you care for your new baby

After you have a baby, you may want some advice for keeping yourself and your new child healthy. Novant Health First Steps is a program for parents living in Forsyth county that provides free in-home or virtual nurse visit.

The goal of this department is to provide support for you and your baby while connecting you with resources that can help your family thrive. Available to residents of Forsyth county who deliver at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center.

While you are in the hospital with your new baby, our team will stop by to schedule your in-home or virtual nurse visit. If you leave the hospital before we see you, we will call you to make the appointment. Your home visit will take place when your baby is 2 to 4 weeks old.

Having a new baby affects many areas of your life. Your nurse can offer you a range of services, including:

  • Weighing your baby
  • Checking up on your physical and mental health 
  • Teaching you breastfeeding techniques 
  • Offering support as you prepare to go back to work 
  • Helping you bond with your new child 
  • Managing your child’s crying 
  • Showing you nearby playgroups and parent support groups

Breastfeeding and your baby

nurse with mom and baby breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be a rewarding and nurturing experience. It can also offer many health benefits for your baby.

In some cases, learning to nurse a baby can take time, practice and patience. You and your family can get helpful services through our program, including:

  • Breastfeeding classes before you give birth
  • Assessment of your ability to breastfeed
  • Access to breast pumps, feeding supplies and breastfeeding aids