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Maternity clinic

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Contact your local maternity clinic when you discover that you are pregnant. The first visit to the maternity clinic usually takes place between weeks 8 and 10 of pregnancy.

Your spouse is welcome to join you on your maternity clinic appointments.

During the first visit, your basic illnesses and possible medications are noted. It is important for your doctor to know about your pregnancy to ensure the suitability of any medication during pregnancy.

Childbirth classes

Childbirth classes are organised in Finnish. They are primarily intended for first-time parents: the pregnant person and their accompanying support person.

Do the following

The maternity and child health clinics are open by appointment. Call the maternity and child health clinics’ central telephone service to make an appointment

To whom and on what terms

The services are intended for the inhabitants of the Siun sote area.

The service is free of charge.

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 bySiun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services
Responsible for the serviceSiun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services
Area Heinävesi, Ilomantsi, Joensuu, Juuka, Kitee, Kontiolahti, Lieksa, Liperi, Nurmes, Outokumpu, Polvijärvi, Rääkkylä, Tohmajärvi
Available languagesFinnish, English
Text edited by: Siun sote – Joint municipal authority for North Karelia social and health services
Updated: 8/19/2021