Pregnancy and giving birth in Finland

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Here you will find information on monitoring pregnancy and giving birth in Finland.

This article is about monitoring pregnancy and giving birth in Finland. Information on benefits for families with children after childbirth can be found in the article Benefits for families with children in Finland.

The Åland Islands broadly apply the same rules as Finland. The differences between the systems in the Åland Islands and Finland are dealt with in the article Children and families in the Åland Islands.

Monitoring pregnancy

If a person’s municipality of residence is in Finland, they are entitled to free maternity and child welfare clinic services provided by the municipal health care centre during pregnancy and afterwards. If pregnancy progresses normally, at least 8-10 check-ups are provided at a maternity and child welfare clinic with a nurse or doctor. There are at least 15 further postnatal check-ups at the maternity and child welfare clinic.

Persons covered by health insurance in another EU or EEA country or Switzerland and residing temporarily in Finland are entitled to essential medical treatment in Finland, which includes monitoring of pregnancy.

Giving birth

Giving birth is part of the specialised medical care provided by municipal health care services to which residents of Finnish municipalities are entitled. Persons residing temporarily in Finland who are covered by health insurance in another EU or EEA country are also entitled to maternity care on payment of the municipal customer fee. The charge for maternity care can vary between municipalities.

Persons covered by health insurance in another Nordic country can prove their entitlement to maternity care by producing an official identity card recognised in their home country (e.g. driving licence or passport). They also need to give their permanent address in the other Nordic country. You can also prove your entitlement with a European Health Insurance Card.

Persons who come to Finland from another EU or EEA country or from Switzerland expressly to give birth need a prior authorisation for seeking treatment from their home country if they want to get birthing and related maternity care in Finland for the municipal customer fee.

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