Emergency care for pregnant women

In all emergency situations, patients should call the emergency clinic or labor ward before leaving for the hospital. The contact details for each hospital’s emergency clinic can be found from the links below.

In the main, a pregnant woman needs a referral from a physician or community health nurse to be admitted to the Emergency Clinic at the hospital.

However, you may come to the gynecological emergency clinic without a referral during early pregnancy if you are suffering from vaginal bleeding and severe abdominal pain (in cases where pain medication does not help).

During late pregnancy, you can seek the emergency clinic for pregnant women without a referral if:
 
  • You are suffering from bleeding after the 22nd week of pregnancy (Note! Mucous discharge with some blood in it in connection with late pregnancy contractions is normal.)
  • There are suspicions of the sudden deterioration in the condition of the fetus, for example, the baby does not move (instructions on how to count fetal movements)
  • You are suffering from the symptoms of rapidly developed pre-eclampsia (extremely elevated blood pressure, swelling, proteinuria, headache, pain under the chest, eye symptoms)
  • You are suffering from sudden, continuous, severe abdominal pain (in cases where pain medication does not help)
  • There is a threat of premature labor (rupture of membranes and/or painful and regular contractions)
  • You are suffering from severe postpartum bleeding
 
The pregnancy week limits for gynecological emergency clinics and emergency clinics for pregnant women in different hospitals vary. This information can be found on the webpages of each hospital’s emergency clinic.

Women in labor should contact the maternity ward directly. For further information, please refer to the "When to go to the hospital?" section of the Babyjourney internet guide.
 

Clinical units

 
Hospital​ Emergency services​
Hyvinkää Hospital​
Jorvi Hospital​
  • Women in labor (from 35th week of pregnancy onwards) and pregnant women in need of emergency care (22nd week of pregnancy onwards) are treated on the labor ward.
Lohja Hospital​
  • The gynecological emergency clinic operates in connection with the hospital emergency clinic.
  • During office hours, the emergency clinic for pregnant women operates in the maternity outpatient clinic and outside office hours on the labor ward.
  • Women in labor are treated on the labor ward.
Länsi-Uusimaa Hospital​
  • Outside office hours, gynecological patients are treated in the hospital emergency clinic where the treating physician consults a gynecologist, if necessary.
  • During office hours, pregnant emergency patients can attend the maternity outpatient clinic based on a referral from the maternity health clinic or are admitted directly in the above-mentioned situations. If necessary, the maternity outpatient clinic refers the patient further to a maternity hospital. Outside office hours, patients should seek treatment directly from the maternity hospital.
  • Länsi-Uusimaa Hospital does not have a labor ward.
Porvoo Hospital ​
  • The gynecological emergency clinic operates in connection with the hospital emergency clinic.
  • During office hours, the emergency clinic for pregnant women operates in the maternity outpatient clinic and outside office hours on the labor ward.
  • Women in labor are treated on the labor ward.
Women’s Hospital​
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