Swedish maternity health care
In Sweden uncomplicated pregnancies are cared for by licensed midwives who have a professional education of about 4.5 years. We are proud to have excellent statistics on maternal and neonatal mortality in Sweden. Swedish midwives have a high level of medical competency and care about the woman, her partner and the child. We believe this comes across in the visits to our antenatal clinics and we provide continuity with the same midwife throughout your appointments as far as it’s possible.
If you are coming from a country where antenatal care may be provided for differently, it is important that you know how our Swedish care is organized and feel comfortable with the care that you are provided. You will see your midwife approximately 8-9 times during a normal pregnancy. During the first visit, the midwife will ask about your health and if there is anything in your medical or obstetric history that we need to know about. If needed, you will be referred to see an obstetrician in the maternity clinic.
In Sweden antenatal care is optional and so is foetal diagnostics. Commonly 1-2 ultrasounds are made during a normal pregnancy, more if needed. Tests and checks are made according to national guidelines and individual needs. Primary maternity and infant healthcare and delivery is free of charge if you are a resident. All midwives speak English but if you need, an interpreter can assist, please let us know when you book your appointment if this is the case.