Go directly to contents.
Responsible for the service Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki

Maternity clinic services

  • Service
  • Helsinki
  • Public service

Maternity clinic work aims to ensure the health of the expectant mother, foetus and new-born, and promote and maintain the health and well-being of the entire family.

Contact the clinic right at the beginning of the pregnancy

Contact the maternity clinic right at the beginning of the pregnancy, when you no longer get your periods. The first appointment with the public health nurse takes place during the 9th or 10th week of pregnancy. We hope that the father/your partner can accompany you during the first visit. When you are making the first appointment, specify whether you have any basic illnesses or regular medications.

First appointment

- When you visit the clinic for the first time, it is recommended that you fill out the clinic’s preliminary information form primarily through the electronic services. If that is not possible, please bring the filled out form with you to the clinic and give it to the nurse.

- During the first visit, a survey on use of intoxicants is conducted with both parents.

You can find the service map of your area’s clinic with the help of the address search (enter your own address into the search field).

The maternity clinic’s scheduled check-up programme

Appointments with both a public health nurse and a doctor are made during the pregnancy. The clinic doctor is seen twice during the pregnancy. The doctor’s appointments are held during pregnancy weeks 16–18 and 35–36.

After childbirth, the mother comes in for one more medical follow-up check. The follow-up is usually carried out 5–12 weeks after childbirth. The pregnancy monitoring check-ups can also be carried out by the mother’s private doctor. A public health nurse and a doctor monitor the progress of the pregnancy through scheduled check-ups. The individual needs and wishes of the mother and the family determine the number of clinic and home visits.

Extended health check-up

The extended health check-ups focus on the health and well-being of the entire family. Extended health check-ups include check-ups carried out by both a public health nurse and a doctor. The check-up by a public health nurse is carried out between weeks 13 and 16 and the check-up by a doctor between weeks 16 and 18. The father/partner is also invited to the check-up.

Invitation to an extended health check-up

The family’s resources are reviewed at the extended health check-up. The parents are requested to prepare for the extended health check-up by thinking about their...

To whom and on what terms

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Background information

Pregnant women and their families are entitled to use the services provided by maternity clinics. The clinic monitors the progress of the pregnancy and the health of the baby and mother after childbirth. Maternity clinics also offer support in becoming a parent. You should make your first appointment with the clinic as soon as you know you are pregnant.

During the maternity clinic visits, the necessary examinations are carried out, the foetal heart beat is monitored and the pregnant woman’s physical and mental well-being is looked after. If problems occur during pregnancy, the doctor or nurse will refer the pregnant woman for a follow up appointment at the maternity outpatient clinic at a local hospital. It is possible for a pregnant woman to have two ultrasound screening tests during the pregnancy.

The maternity clinic aims to identify as early as possible what level of support a pregnant woman and her family require. Pregnant women and their families will be offered other support they may need, for example, social or substance abuse services.

The maternity clinic also provides guidance in applying for maternity, paternity and parental benefits, and issues the certificates needed for these. If a child is to be born outside of marriage, the father of the child can recognise his paternity during the pregnancy at the maternity clinic. The pregnant woman's spouse or other support person is always welcome to attend the clinic with her.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Helsinki
Responsible for the serviceSocial Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Area Helsinki
Available languageFinnish
Text edited by: Social Services and Health Care Division, City of Helsinki
Updated: 18/5/2022