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aldabra From: aldabra Date: November 2nd, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I asked the health visitor things she recited government information leaflets which I'd found on the internet already. I don't think they're allowed to tell you anything that arises from their experience rather than the government line, presumably because it would make them suable if your kid died.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 2nd, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I've had conflicting advice from the (many) different health visitors I've seen, so they can't all be just giving the official line... Or perhaps they only make it up as they go along draw on their wealth of personal experience when there is no official line.

The one I saw immediately after having Img, though, she was definitely just an inefficient delivery mechanism for leaflets. She pretty much insisted on reading them all out to me before handing them over. I mean, I know a lot of people can't read, but I can! :-)
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j4 From: j4 Date: November 2nd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think there's some truth in that, yes -- it probably depends when HVs/midwives last updated their training etc. But that's a big part of the problem with forum advice too -- people say "oh yes I did X Y & Z with all my kids so it's definitely OK" and then it turns out that their youngest child is 14 so even if they're faithfully remembering & repeating what their HV told them their advice will be quite out of date.

I think another part of the problem is that it depends whether you want to know "is X or Y the best choice" or "will my child survive if I do X". I often find (with HVs as well as on forums!) that I'm asking the former but getting an answer as if I'd asked the latter.

Sorry, rambling out loud now...!
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