Maternity and child health cliinics

 

Appointment booking and councelling

The maternity and child health clinics use a centralised service for appointment booking and counselling at tel. 09 8162 2800 (local network charge/mobile phone charge). The service is available on weekdays at 8:30 am–2:30 pm.

If the line is busy, you can either hold or leave a call-back request, in which case a nurse will call you back. If you are unable to answer the call-back, the nurse will try again later, three times in total. We promise that all calls to the service will be handled during the same weekday. You can cancel an appointment at any time of day by leaving a message on the answering machine.

If necessary, you can get a longer appointment or an additional visit to the clinic. You can also get counselling from a public health nurse in matters related to pregnancy, parenthood and children’s growth and development.

Online booking for periodic health examinations

You can book an appointment online health examinations for your child who turns 1, 1,5, 2, 3, 5 or 6. For other periodic health examinations please book an appointment by telephone.

The online service requires authentication using your online banking credentials, certificate card or mobile certificate..

Appointment booking online

 

Maternity clinics

The maternity clinic services are intended for expecting families. The clinics monitor the progress of the pregnancy and discuss parenthood and issues related to the health and well-being of the expecting family.The services include individual clinic appointments and home visits, visits to the group clinic and open clinic. You can contact a maternity clinic if your menstruation has stopped and you have received a positive result from a pregnancy test.

Maternity and child health clinics in each area

 

Child health clinics

Child health clinics monitor the growth and development of children and discuss matters related to the health and well-being of the family and to parenting in general. Central topics include the family’s resources and parenting, children’s nutrition, exercise, daily rhythm, outdoor recreation, accidents, relationships, mood, domestic abuse and substance use, and the financial situation of the family.

Espoo child health clinics provide services to families with under-school-aged children residing in Espoo. Families visit the child health clinic in their residential area. The services include individual clinic appointments and home visits, visits to the group clinic and open clinic.

The clinics are not equipped to treat children with an urgent medical condition. In that case please contact your health centre. However, you can contact a child health clinic nurse by telephone for advice.

Maternity and child health clinics in each area

 

Open clinics

The services of open clinics are meant for the clients of maternity and child health clinics. You can visit an open clinic without booking an appointment in advance. The open clinics can, for example, monitor the weight and height of your baby or child and vaccinate them. An exception to this is influenza vaccination. To get your child vaccinated against influenza, please book a vaccination appointment or request the vaccine during one of your child’s periodic check-ups.

Pregnant women may visit an open clinic to have their blood pressure or haemoglobin measured, for example. If you are pregnant and would like to request that someone listen to the foetus’s heart sounds outside your scheduled check-ups, please book an appointment with a public health nurse or contact your maternity hospital.

You may freely visit any open clinic, not only the one offered by your own maternity and child health clinic.

Open clinic appointments are short, only about 10 minutes. The open clinics use queue number tickets. Please be prepared to wait for your turn.

Please also check the open clinics’ website for exceptional opening hours before your visit. The opening hours are likely to change in the summer in particular. In July, the open clinics only serve clients by appointment.

 

Online services available around the clock

 

Choosing a child health clinic

You can receive child health clinic services in Espoo if you are a client at an Espoo health station. If your health station is not in Espoo but you wish to receive child health clinic services in Espoo, read the instructions for .

When you are a client at an Espoo health station, you can freely select a child health clinic in Espoo. If you wish to switch child health clinics, contact the child health clinic appointment booking and advice service, tel. 09 816 22800. You can switch child health clinics when at least one year has passed since the previous switch.

 

Therapeutic services for families with infants

The therapeutic services for families with infants offer support during pregnancy and for families with children younger than 12 months. Contact the nurse at your maternity and child health clinic if for example the atmosphere in your family is tense, you have  or the parents have problems in your relationship, or you have questions concerning parenting and parenthood.

 

Maternity and child health clinics in each area

 

Acknowledgement of paternity

Acknowledgement of paternity will be done primarily at maternity health clinics  and secondarily at the child welfare supervisor’s office. Paternity can be acknowledged after the 30th week of pregnancy. From the clinic (neuvola), the processing of a paternity case is transferred first to the child welfare supervisor  and then to the local register office for confirmation.

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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.