The maternity clinics serve families during pregnancy, birth and the time shortly after the birth. The mother remains registered with the maternity clinic for three months after childbirth. Usually after the age of two weeks, the follow-up of the health of the newborn baby moves to the child welfare clinic.
Expecting mothers should contact a maternity clinic on the 7th–9th week of pregnancy. They go to see a public health nurse at the maternity clinic for the first time on the 9th–11th week of pregnancy, and the medical check-up takes place on the 12th–13th week of pregnancy.
The maternity clinic services are free of charge.
At the maternity clinic, the health hazards for the mother and the baby are prevented and treated. Also, the adoption of healthy lifestyles is promoted and the good relations within the family strengthened.
The maternity clinic informs the future parents of the services provided by society (maternity grant and allowance, child welfare officers, domestic help etc.).
All the maternity health clinics and the ultrasound test unit of the City of Tampere use electronic maternity cards for prenatal care. The electronic maternity card is a digital version of the old paper card.
The customer receives their service ID after their first contact with the maternity clinic. The customer can fill in the preliminary information form even before the first visit to the clinic. The service contains surveys on lifestyle and well-being which the expectant mother is asked to fill in before coming to the clinic. The surveys map out f.ex eating habits, alcohol consumption and mood.
The service includes a maternity card section that is intended for prenatal care. It stores follow-up data from visits to the health clinic, along with the results of examinations performed at the clinic. The expectant mother can also keep a private pregnancy journal that is not accessible to others. There is also a discussion forum for sharing experiences with other pregnant people and a databank in the service.
Child welfare clinics provide services for children under school age and their families. At the child welfare clinic there is a public health nurse and a doctor working for the child and his or her family.
The work forms include health check-ups and examinations, vaccinations and individual health guidance given at the clinic or by telephone as well as home visits and small-group activities.
The aim of the child welfare clinic is to ensure as good health as possible for each child and to promote the wellbeing of the whole family. The goal is to promote healthy lifestyles in the family and to identify and remove, whenever possible, the obstacles to the child’s healthy development.
The child welfare clinic supports the parents in growing in parenthood and encourages the parents to trust their own abilities and resources. The work at the child welfare clinic is individual, family-centred and confidential.
The appointments at the child welfare clinic are free of charge.