Expecting a child is for most families an extraordinary period full of expectations, dreams and happiness as the home is preparing for the arrival of the new member. Nonetheless, it isn’t incorrect to affirm that this is also a period that can be full of uncertainties, doubts and event fears from those new and unknown settings ahead.
Now, if you add that mixture of feelings and situations to the fact that you are experiencing this journey away from home, then it is normal to have even more questions regarding how this entire process will be handled. The following is an encompassing guide with all those details you must know when being pregnant in Denmark.
The information given here applies to expecting women that have a valid residence permit, a Nem ID card and an e-boks account. In case you have a different status while in Denmark, please be sure to refer specific inquiries to the Citizen Service Center, and in case are in doubt about the documentation needed in Denmark check International Community‘s links about the topic or read our general guideline about health.
Being pregnant, assisting to medical controls and further ahead giving birth in a country where Danish is the official language, might stress expecting families coming from abroad. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that all procedures and processes can easily be done in English. All practitioners and other personnel involved in this process will must surely have a high level in this language. When the patients do not speak English and interpreter will be needed. This shall be consulted at the Citizen Service Center.
Fees and medical attention
The fees of all the normal procedures throughout pregnancy, birth and post birth are covered by the state for residents in Denmark. For non-residents, some fees might be applied according to the case. All individuals are entitled to receive medical attention in Denmark, yet additional services requested by the family such as additional scanning or private care shall be payed individually.
General practitioner and midwives
In Denmark, your GP and an assigned midwife will be your medical accompanying personnel throughout this process. Specialists and other practitioners as an OB-GYN will only see you in case your pregnancy shows some special conditions.
Your GP is the entry point to the Danish health care system. After confirming your pregnancy, he/she will refer your case to the midwife and hospital for further check-ups. All your pregnancy will be noted in your health booklet or ‘Vandrejournal’, which is a document you are given on that first appointment and that you shall ALWAYS bring with you.
The midwife will be assigned to you internally in the system and you’ll receive a letter in your e-boks with a date and place for your first check-up. The midwives are highly educated professionals and there are nearly 40 of them in Aarhus Jordemoderpraksis center in Skejby. She’ll be your contact person, you can get specific weekday for your future appointments, telephone attention is provided in between appointments and these last ones can be changed with your NemID on rm.booking.dk.
The regular check-ups
It is worth noting that pregnancy in Denmark is NOT treated as a medical condition and check-ups are therefore reduced to the necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Hence, during a normal pregnancy you can expect to have:
- 3 free check-ups at your GP
- 4 – 7 free check-ups at the midwife
- 2 free ultrasounds
- A birth and family course for pregnant women who are expecting their 1st child
In case you do not wish to know more about the prenatal examinations of your child. You are entitled to say no to information and/or the examinations. Your wishes will be respected and duly noted in your health booklet.
In Denmark women can decide the place and conditions for giving birth. The common options are at any public hospital, at home, in a birthing pool or by cesarian. Nonetheless, you may discuss this last option with your midwife to see the possibilities of doing so.
The following are some elements we believe are worth noting at this point of the journey.
- Be sure to have an open communication with your GP and midwife during all times. Both practitioners can be changed upon request, but note some fees might apply.
- Discuss with your midwife general aspects of your birth plan and who will attend that day, some public hospitals have regulations for who and how many can attend that day.
- Birth and family course in English for pregnant women who are expecting their 1st child can be found here.
- You can visit the maternity ward by joining a guided tour at the hospital of preference.
- When posting pictures of your scans in social media, remember to remove or crop out your CPR number for security reasons.
- Groups for international mothers in and around Aarhus can be found on Facebook, so you can get support from many others that are experiencing the same situation or that already have experience with the system. Find it here.