Pregnancy check-ups are carried out by the General Practitioners and by midwives. Ultrasound scans are available, usually scheduled in the 18th week of pregnancy.
Childbirth takes place at the National Hospital in Tórshavn. Mother and child normally stay between 2 and 5 days in hospital after childbirth.
Child health care
The Child Health Care Service, Gigni (in Faroese), provides regular home visits to new families. Health visitor nurses examine the children in their home regularly up to the age of 18 months. Children with special needs may receive home visits up to the age of 6 years.
Families with small children moving to the Faroe Islans must contact the Child Health Care Service in order to receive home visits.
General Practitioners provide medical check-ups up to the age of 5 and vaccinations according to a vaccination programme.
School nurses provide regular medical check-ups and personal interviews as well as parental guidance and information.