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Family coaching in Helsinki

Family coaching in fall 2020

Virtual family coaching groups in Finnish and Swedish started in August. This family training is aimed at families expecting their first child in Helsinki. Signing up to these virtual training can be done via Perheentuki Finnish Website, see link and instructions below.

Perheentuki Finnish Website

Material used in Family coaching 

Material for first timeMaterial for second time    


    Childbirth is a great unknown that makes every first-timer more or less nervous. For many, it is the first time in their lives when they simply cannot know how things will go. Usually, they cannot even know when it will happen! Since we cannot plan childbirth in advance, can we prepare for it? We can, and we should. Studies show that those who have prepared rate their childbirth experience as better in retrospect, even when the experience has been difficult and everything has gone differently than expected.

    A good information package on childbirth has been compiled on the Family Support and Naistalo websites. Take your time in exploring the sections. You may feel like there is a lot of information to absorb at once, but take it one thing at a time.


    Preparing for childbirth

    Services after childbirth


    How do I prepare for breastfeeding? What purchases do I need to make for breastfeeding? Why should I breastfeed? Are there any benefits? What if I get a wound in my nipple at the beginning of breastfeeding? How can a spouse or support person support breastfeeding? When expecting, preparing for breastfeeding and gaining information is very important. The spouse is an important support person for breastfeeding, so get to know the topics of breastfeeding together.

    Preparing for breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding (in Finnish)


    The Naistalo website has good videos related to basic baby care. You will also find information about newborn screenings, i.e. the tests that are done on your baby after birth, and how you are discharged from the hospital. 

    Newborn (in Finnish)

    Taking care of a newborn (videos)

    Role of father/spouse

    The role of the spouse or support person is absolutely essential despite the emergency conditions and limitations. The Family Support and Naistalo websites have good texts on the subject. Before childbirth, you should think together about different ways to create a sense of security for the mother in the delivery situation and how the division of labour at home will be carried out after the childbirth. Discuss what is most natural to you and what thoughts this evokes.

    For the father and partner

    Preparing for parenthood

    Parenthood brings a new dimension to the parents’ relationship as well. The parents do not have to be together to be good parents, and the composition of families varies a lot. A good relationship needs work and the parties can influence its functionality. Even small actions and discussions help to keep the relationship balanced and alive. There is no script for parenthood, and there are many different kinds of good parenting. It is important to find your own way of being a parent and discuss it with your spouse. For some, the feelings towards the baby begin already during pregnancy, for others on the first encounter with the baby, and for others it takes a little longer. This is perfectly normal, and you should give it time.

    Information on parenthood and preparing for the baby’s arrival is available on the Family Support website.

    Preparing for parenthood

    Preparing for a new baby

    See also (depending on your situation)

    HUS Restrictions on visitations and appointments

    Vanhempainnetti service provided by the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (in Finnish) 

    Family Federation of Finland: various information on relationships and online courses. There is also a lot of information about parenthood on the Family Federation of Finland website.: Families and parenthood

    Finnish Association for Breastfeeding Support: Breastfeeding Support

    Duoduo: Family training online course in English Duo family training

    Finnish Multiple Births Association

    Please note that audio books and e-books on the subject are available in libraries and various streaming services.

Test your knowledge

  1. What are the different stages of childbirth? What happens in each one?
  2. At what point of the start of childbirth should you go to the hospital? How long can you wait at home and what are the situations where you need to contact the hospital immediately?
  3. List different non-pharmacological pain relief methods. Why do you need them even if you are also interested in pharmacological options?
  4. What is the function of contractions?
  5. What are the benefits of using your voice, breathing exercises or guided imagery during childbirth?
  6. What different kinds of care does a newborn baby need on a daily basis?
  7. Why is skin contact important for a newborn?
  8. When we talk about breastfeeding, we talk about safety signs. What are they?
  9. List three things that will help you start breastfeeding after giving birth.
  10. What is meant by baby blues?
  11. What is meant by afterpains? What about lochia?
  12. Think about your own strengths and which aspects of baby care you enjoy. How could you share responsibility in everyday life?

Family coaching in normal circumstances

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