Labor Ward

​Street address
Kätilöopisto Maternity Hospital
Sofianlehdonkatu 5A, Helsinki

Mailing address
P. O. Box 610, 00029 HUS

Contact information
Women in labor: 050 428 6843

Office: 09 471 65360

For emergencies and urgent pregnancy questions, please contact the 24-hour helpline on +358 (0)50 427 0326. We ask emergency patients and women coming to give birth to please give us a call before coming.

Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Visiting hours: Visiting times are agreed with the personnel

The Emergency and Labor Ward 14 hosts the Emergency Obstetric Unit, the Induction Unit and the Labor Ward. The Emergency Unit is open 24/7 for pregnant women who require immediate hospital treatment. The Emergency Unit also treats women who have recently given birth with complications requiring immediate treatment.

The majority of inductions are performed at the Emergency Unit, and some patients can go home after the procedure, conditions permitting. At the onset of labor, the patient together with her birth partner will be taken to the Labor Ward.

Women coming to the hospital with contractions are admitted to the Labor Ward where their situation is assessed. Mothers have a designated midwife during each shift to share their hopes and expectations with. As this is a teaching hospital, midwives in training will participate under the guidance of a midwife. A specialist in obstetrics and pediatrics is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An anesthesiologist is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to guarantee effective pain relief. Spouses and/or other birth partners are welcome to attend the delivery. For other visitors, please contact the ward staff.

Each patient receives an individual care plan with the objective to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the baby. At the beginning of labor, patients can be monitored at the Emergency Obstetric Unit before moving to the birthing suite. The unit has baths for relaxation and pain relief, and each birthing suite is equipped with private WC and shower facilities.

Care is provided to women in labor and for the mother and newborn for 2 to 3 hours after delivery. Newborn babies born in emergency C-section are monitored on the ward while the mother is in the recovery room. If necessary, pre- and postnatal monitoring and treatment of high-risk patients is also performed on the ward.

There are appointments for women with fear of childbirth. The midwives also have discussions about the childbirth experience with the mother during her stay in the hospital or whenever necessary.