male HV

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  1. Tezzy

    Tezzy Mum of 2 TTCAL

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    after my HV was so nasty to me about Rhys' weight gain i have decided to switch HV's. the closest one to me is a male HV... has anybody heard of a male HV before????
     
  2. Layla

    Layla Well-Known Member

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    ive not heard of one before, i think thats nice tho :)

    x
     
  3. Imi

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    Wow thats so cool!!!!

    Bet he's nicer too!!

    xxx
     
  4. Caroline

    Caroline Proud Mum of 4

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    Mo but had acupuncture with a male midwife , he was really nice.
     
  5. Kina

    Kina Well-Known Member

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    I have a male HV, bit useless when it comes to breastfeeding advice!
     
  6. vicky

    vicky Well-Known Member

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    i had a male hv he was bit rubbish, but give him a go and see what you think
     
  7. beanie

    beanie Well-Known Member

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    I think I'd prefer a male HV, I just seem to be able to talk better to men.
     
  8. Lauz_1601

    Lauz_1601 Well-Known Member

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    id be embarrased talking to a male HV about cracked sore nipples, would you ? when mine were sore my midwife asked to see them lol
     
  9. beanie

    beanie Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't as he is a health person, I had to go and see my male Dr a few times with mastitis and thrush on my nipples and that didn't bother me. I guess I just got used to lots of people seeing my boobs lol
     
  10. Lauz_1601

    Lauz_1601 Well-Known Member

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    lol thats true, and get used to people inspecting your bits too
     
  11. beanie

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    I was too embarassed to feed Ella in front of mine to begin with! When he came for a home visit I was praying for him to go so I could feed her!!
     
  13. ablaze

    ablaze lucky mum of one of each!

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    i had a male hv present during birth of chloe(along with about 6 male students!) i nvr really bothered i was out of it :rofl: it was also a male hv who did my sweep with callum! darren was like im goin nowhere :rofl:
     
  14. male HV

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    Sorry to resurrect this post but i read it with interest.

    I am a male Health Visitor and have been qualified for 6 years now. I can see both sides but would like to give my own opinion. I think its more about who you are as a person and professional rather than what you are (male or female). I can count on one hand the number of mums and dads that wanted to see a female HV instead of me but I always give parents the choice. I think this forms the basis of a good relationship.

    To be honest I have had more problems with some of my female colleagues accepting me than any of the mums I have worked with. The "how can you talk to a new mum about breastfeeding without the personal experience". But I see it as an advantage as I have none of my own baggage to bring to the discussion, and mums especially those wanting not to breastfeed find that helpful and refreshing. I will also tend to use my local breastfeeding support workers alot more and had a wry smile last year as my breastfeeding rates were amongst the highest. With experience comes that ability to tune into mums, I know which mums feel comfotable feeding in front of me and which ones don't

    But my job is so much more than that as I will be part of your family until your children go to school. Along the way there will be the discussions about immunisations, weaning, child development, sleep deprivation and toddler tantums....
     
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    tu123 Well-Known Member

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    Female or male they can either be good or bad. We have a male one. I didnt see him after the first time as i was trying to get some help about my breastfeeding issues. He just looked at my boobs and said "yes, it can be difficult". It was a great help!

    But you may end up with a really good one!
     
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    tu123 Well-Known Member

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    Can you be our HV?:winkwink:
     
  17. raraboo

    raraboo Well-Known Member

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    One of my HVs is male and is the one I preferred to see if I had to go to clinic. Although I tend to avoid them- male or female TBH!!!
     
  18. Laura_M

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    The 1st hv who came to my house was male! I wasn't expecting anyone as they hadn't made an appointment so was pretty confused when he said he was the hv!haven't seen him since though - apparently he heads the team so every time I go to the clinic he isn't there.
     
  19. purplepower

    purplepower 1st time Mummy

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    I would not have an issue seeing a male HV, I think they can give advice about all manner of things and why should a woman be more able to give breastfeeding advice, she may not have breastfed anyway. I think we need more male HVs. I am a nurse and have loved all of the male nurses I have worked with, I think it shows a real dedication and love of a job to go into a predominately female profession.
     
  20. MrsPoodle

    MrsPoodle Mummy of a Princess

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    Mine is male and I don't have a problem!
     

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