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Maternity clinics monitor pregnancies and support the health and wellbeing of the mother, the unborn child and the whole family. Maternity clinics strive also after to identify eventual prenatal problems and abnormalities as early as possible, and to provide the care, help and support needed.
You will visit the maternity clinic several times during your pregnancy. A few of these check-ups are so called comprehensive health examinations, where both parents should attend if possible. During these more comprehensive examinations, it is also possible to discuss the family as a whole and identify eventual needs of support.
Do the following
When you get a positive pregnancy test result, make an appointment for your first visit at the maternity clinic by contacting the public health nurse at your own health care region. Your first visit at the maternity clinic usually takes place during your pregnancy week 7–9.
Please remember to activate your personal information using the Maisa app, or online via a browser, so that we can write you a referral to ultrasound screening already during your first visit at the clinic.
You can make an appointment (Maternity Clinic appointments and contact information) during our telephone hours Monday–Thursday at 12–12.45 p.m. If you are unable to call us, please make an appointment online (Health Care Services appointment online).
If you wish to cancel your appointment, call the public health nurse during the telephone hours, or send a text message to the maternity clinics’ joint service number. Make sure to include the client’s name and date of birth in your message.
Maternity clinics also provide you with helpful tips about websites you should visit. Browse the list to find out more about for example necessary blood samples taken during pregnancy.
To whom and on what terms
The service is free of charge.
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.