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Maternity and child health work

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Maternity and child health work

Maternity clinics aims to ensure the health of the expectant mother, foetus and the new-born baby. The maternity clinics support the parents in the major changes brought on by the child's birth and promote and maintain the health and wellbeing of the whole family.

The objective of the child health operations is to secure the child's health and support the parents so that the child can have good conditions for healthy growth, development and wellbeing. The child health clinic monitors and examines the child's growth and development, discusses the family's health habits and any questions the family may have. From the child health clinic, the child can also get vaccines against severe diseases, in accordance with the national vaccination programme.

To whom and on what terms

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

The service is free of charge.

Background information

In health checks for different age groups, attention is paid to issues that are relevant to each life stage. The child welfare clinic carries out an extensive health check on each child at the age of four months, 18 months and four years. The checks address aspects related to the child’s health, growth and development and any special needs.

Extensive health checks are organised for schoolchildren in the first, fifth and eight grade. In addition to the growth and development of the child or young person, the well-being of the entire family is assessed in the check. Health checks organised by student health care services focus on the student’s health and well-being as well as other aspects that affect their studies as a whole.

Older persons are offered health checks at the health centre. In addition to a basic check, the older person’s memory, functional capacity, alertness and capacity to cope independently coping can be examined.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 24/5/2022