Oldest maternity hospital in Estonia celebrated its 210th anniversary

13. October 2014

The Maternity Hospital of East-Tallinn Central Hospital, which emerged from the Free Hospital in 1804, celebrated its 210th anniversary on 10th of October. Last year, 3731 children were born in the hospital, which started out as a humble maternity ward with just six beds.

The Maternity Hospital is an establishment with long traditions where today’s grandmothers and mothers gave birth to their children and where the women who are having their children there today already represent the third generation. We care about our patients and colleagues, invest in knowledge and skills, and try to find the best solutions to problems. Our patients are treated with kindness and care, which makes them feel safe and brings them back to us. The fact that in the first nine months of this year our midwives assisted on 168 more births than last year is testament to this.

“It’s good to see that today, 20 years later, the quality indicators of the clinical work done by the maternity ward are comparable to the indicators of European leaders in obstetric care,” said Lee Tammemäe, who has been the head of the Women’s Clinic for quite a long time. “Using a combination of state-of-the-art technological solutions and human care, we try to turn childbirth into an experience full of joy, well-being, safety and serenity.”

Head Midwife Vivian Arusaar adds that boldness in being innovative and special is valued at the Maternity Hospital, which makes the Women’s Clinic unique and gives it a recognisable identity. “Being innovative and successful at the same time isn’t always easy,” she said. “It’s important that our commitment and love for our work is expressed in a manner that’s also noticeable to our patients. We’re by their side and with their families to make them feel safe and to help them, using our knowledge and skills.”

Supporting close contact between mother and child is considered important in East-Tallinn Central Hospital, and based on the positive experience of the Nordic countries we help women start breastfeeding as early as possible after childbirth. We’ve also thought about the babies who come into this world too early: the only breast milk bank in Estonia, established in 2010, helps give these new-borns a better start in life.