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Pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth

Pregnancy and childbirth

The Tampere University Hospital is the most popular maternity hospital in Finland after the hospitals in the Helsinki metropolitan area. About 4,400 babies are delivered annually in our hospital. We emphasise customer responsiveness and are committed to baby-friendly treatment practices. We have family rooms available in the ‘Perheonni’ unit of the patient hotel, for example.

Tampere University Hospital also treats a large number of high-risk pregnancies, the follow-up of which takes place at the Maternity Outpatient Clinic.

We emphasise customer responsiveness in childbirth and want to support the normal progress of the delivery. We have a complete range of modern medicinal and non-medicinal pain relief methods available, such as regional anaesthesia and a tub. We take account of the mothers’ wishes concerning delivery care and pain relief.

Around 18 per cent of the mothers in our hospital undergo a Caesarean section. We have specialists on call round the clock, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is located in the immediate vicinity of the Maternity Room.

Families giving birth to a child at the Tampere University Hospital may choose to stay overnight at the ‘Perheonni’ unit of the patient hotel if there are no particular risks involved with the mother or the baby. There are also family rooms available at the Maternity Ward.

Persons in charge

Head of Department Riikka Niemi

Deputy Chief Physician Kati Tihtonen

Nursing Director Terhi Virtanen

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Pregnancies are monitored by means of periodic health check-ups and, where necessary, additional appointments at the Maternity Clinic. If there are pregnancy disorders or the underlying illness of the expecting mother calls for specialised care, the mother will be referred to the Tampere University Hospital Maternity Outpatient Clinic.

The most common reasons for attending the Maternity Outpatient Clinic are:

  • gestational diabetes
  • elevated blood pressure
  • the mother’s chronic diseases
  • twin pregnancy
  • fear of childbirth
  • childbirth planning
  • need for foetal examinations.

The mother who is in need of an urgent examination is treated at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services or at the Accident and Emergency Department Acuta.

If a physician at the Maternity Clinic or at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Emergency Services finds that the mother needs inpatient care, the patient will be admitted to the maternity ward.

Persons in charge

Ward Manager Sari Antikainen

We emphasise genuine customer responsiveness and want to support the normal progress of the delivery. We receive mothers about to give birth not only from Tampere and the neighbouring municipalities, but also from other parts of Finland if the mother is in need of specialised care or has specifically chosen to give birth in our hospital.

Our maternity unit is located in the 4th floor of Building D, Tays Central Hospital, Tampere, visiting address Elämänaukio 2 (parking garage at Kuntokatu 2). From parking garage follow the "Synnytys" signs.

You can come to the hospital without giving prior notice. If you wish, you can seek advice on childbirth or breaking of water. You can call 03 311 65942. We use the callback service. Listen to and follow the instructions provided to the end. Note that the callback is from an unknown number.

We emphasise genuine customer responsiveness in perinatal care and want to support the normal progress of the delivery. To this end, we have adopted a low-risk childbirth model.

We systematically collect customer feedback and the mother's own assessments of their deliveries.

After delivery, 95 percent of the mothers considered their childbirth experience positive. If the experience was negative, the midwife who assisted with the delivery may contact the mother after discharge if the mother so wishes.

Persons in charge

Specialist in Obstetrics Kati Jalkanen

Ward Manager Taina Lampu

After childbirth, the mother and the baby are usually transferred to the rooming-in ward or to a family room in the Patient Hotel. If the baby needs special monitoring or treatment at the Neonatal Unit, the mother will be treated at the same unit.

At the rooming-in ward, the mother and the baby can be together around the clock. A designated nurse guides the family in taking care of the baby and in breastfeeding as necessary. Learning is most effective by doing, so we encourage the parents to take independent initiative. Our commitment to support breast feeding was  noticed by Baby friendly hospital certificate in 2022.

If the childbirth did not involve any complications and the condition of newborn baby is good, the mother and child may also transfer to the ‘Perheonni’ unit of the patient hotel after childbirth. In the family room, the whole family can be together and take time to get to know one another.

If the baby is treated in the Neonatal Unit, the parents can stay with the baby and participate in their child’s care. The mother will be given guidance on how to express breast milk, among other things.

The baby will always be examined by a paediatrician before discharge. Following a short-stay delivery, the baby will be referred to check-up at the Midwife Outpatient Clinic.

Persons in charge

Senior Physician Maiju Kekki

Ward Manager Terhi Päivinen