Due to technical reasons, it is currently not possible to book an appointment for family coaching in Maisa. Appointments will open again on the first of June.

Family coaching at the maternity and child health clinic

The objective of maternity and child health clinic family coaching is to improve your and your family's capacity for parenting and looking after your baby. The aim is to help you and your family identify your own resources and find the best practices for daily life with a baby.

Maternity and child health clinic family coaching includes two coaching sessions organised as group video appointments. You can sign up for maternity and child health clinic family coaching via Maisa. Family coaching is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Maternity and child health clinic family coaching is primarily intended for residents of Helsinki who are expecting their first child. We also warmly welcome the spouse or support person of the pregnant person to family coaching. Please note that you can participate in family coaching with a spouse or support person on one device using the pregnant person's Maisa username and password.

What does maternity and child health clinic family coaching include? 

The theme of the first family coaching session will be life changes and the well-being of the parent. Impressions about the baby, parenthood, preparation for parenthood, sexuality and daily life with a baby will be discussed during the session. We recommend participating in the first family coaching session from week 16 of pregnancy.

The theme of the second family coaching session will be life in the first weeks with the baby. The first weeks with the baby, breastfeeding and feeding, necessary skills with the baby and possible concerns and problems the parent may have will be discussed during the session. We recommend participating in the second coaching session from week 25 of pregnancy.

The materials used in maternity and child health clinic family coaching are provided to the participants at the end of the coaching. 

Please note that the remote maternity coaching session on childbirth and the first days with the baby will be carried out in cooperation with the maternity hospital. Instructions for participating in remote childbirth training can be found on the Vauvamatkalla (Baby Journey) digital path. HUS activates the Baby Journey digital path for every pregnant person during the first ultrasound of the pregnancy or around week 12 of pregnancy.

Good to know about participation in the maternity and child health clinic family coaching

The ‘Aloita videokäynti’ (start video appointment) button will be automatically activated on the ‘Tapahtumat’ (events) tab in Maisa 15 minutes before the start of the family coaching session. You can join the video appointment using either your own name or a pseudonym you have chosen. Your name or pseudonym will be visible to other participants, if you participate in the family coaching chat.  

We recommend participating in the coaching on your computer to make it easier to view the material presented during the session. To ensure that you are able to hear the sound of the videos presented in during the coaching session, we recommend checking your device's audio settings. When using a mobile device, media sounds must be selected as the sound source. 
If you have taken part in a family coaching session in Finnish before 1 June 2024, you can also register for new coaching starting on 1 June, if you wish. The content of the coaching sessions has been completely overhauled, but some of the themes may repeat the coaching you have already participated in.  

English-language maternity and child health clinic family coaching will start using new content in coaching in August 2024, and Swedish-language coaching will follow in November 2024. Until then, English- and Swedish-language family coaching is available in accordance with the previous programme:  

  1. First coaching session on parenting and daily life with a baby 
  2. Second coaching session on childbirth and pain relief 
     

You can also find this page at hel.fi/family-coaching.