Pregnancy and Child Health Care


When you become pregnant you should contact your nearest Maternity Clinic/ Prenatal Clinic  (äitiysneuvola).  Each family has a personal nurse and all the discussions with the nurse are confidential. Maternity Clinics focus on the health and wellbeing of the expectant mother, the baby and the family, and help the expectant mother and father to get prepared for parenthood. Dads are welcome to attend each appointment at the Maternity Clinic.

The clinic monitors the pregnancy, checks the baby's condition regularly and takes action to prevent possible problems. If necessary, Maternity Clinics refer mothers for further examination and treatment in a hospital. There are 11-15 visits to the Maternity Clinic during a normal course of pregnancy. Most Maternity Clinics offer ultrasound scan at 12  to 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Services of the Maternity Clinic are free of charge for those who have a municipality of residence (kotikunta) in Finland.

Remember to notify your employer of your absence

Remember to submit the Leave of absence form at least two months before you begin your maternity leave. A certificate issued by a doctor or a nurse on the duration of pregnancy must be enclosed with the application.

Child health care

When the baby is born, the local Child Health Centre (lastenneuvola) monitors the child's development and growth as well as vaccinates the child in accordance with the National Vaccination Programme from the birth until the school age. The families are given individual support in the child's upbringing and nurture. All conversations are confidential.

Services of Child Health Clinics are free of charge for all residents in Finland.

Maternity and child health clinics in campus cities

Contact the Maternity Clinic (äitiysneuvola or Child Health Clinic (lastenneuvola) in your area by phone.

  • Joensuu - when you are expecting a baby
    • Appointments and phone service Monday-Friday 12-13
  • Kuopio 
    • Appointments and phone service Monday-Friday 12-13
  • Savonlinna (
    • See phone service hours by clicking on the maternity/child health clinic (neuvola) of your area

Useful links

If you have become pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, you can find further information on pregnancy, birth, parenting as well as on your rights and benefits on the following websites: