The Birth and Post-natal Care

Find out what your options are when the time comes for the birth of the baby and what to expect in the days following the arrival of your newborn…

Giving birth is considered a natural event, not a medical condition, which means there are no doctors present unless the midwife decides it is necessary. Pregnant women are encouraged to visit the maternity ward and delivery room during 'open doors' days to familiarise themselves with the environment.

Although most women give birth in public hospitals, it is also possible to give birth at home if there are no signs of complications. In the last ten years the number of women who choose to give birth in water has increased. Mothers-to-be should find out from the midwife if the hospital has a birthing pool.

After giving birth, mother and baby stay in the maternity ward (fødegangen) for about two to three hours. They are then moved to a room on the maternity ward where the mother can receive help in looking after the baby and advice on breast feeding and care of the newborn. After birth, the length of time a mother stays at the hospital varies depending on the hospital and on each situation.

Post-natal Care

After the mother leaves hospital, a nurse makes home visits throughout the first year to ensure mother and baby are well, monitor baby's health and offer advice. The nurse or health visitor can also advise on local mother and baby groups.

The first visit from the health visitor is a week after the birth; dates for subsequent visits are agreed between the health visitor and the parents, and usually take place every quarter to monitor the child's development.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not compulsory in Denmark, but there are recommended guidelines for the childhood vaccination programme. The eight recommended vaccinations are: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib-infection (Haemophilus influenzae type b), measles, mumps and rubella.

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Vaccinations are free of charge and can be administered by general practitioners.