Acknowledgement and investigation of maternity

The new Maternity Act entered into force on 1 April 2019. It covers the establishment of maternity in a situation where a woman has consented to assisted fertility treatment in agreement with the birth mother. The woman can acknowledge maternity at a maternity clinic.

The female partner of the child’s birth mother can also be established as the child’s mother if the couple has had the child together with the help of assisted fertility treatments. If the child has already been born or the situation is otherwise unclear, maternity will be investigated and acknowledged with the help of a child welfare officer.

Maternity and child health clinics are not a place where the parents can agree on single custody, child maintenance, right of access or the child’s living arrangements. If the parents need to agree on these matters, they should turn to a child welfare officer after the child is born.