Re: Giving birth in Basel:Merian Iseln or Bethesda Hospital
Can't recommend Basel Unispital highly enough. Our baby was born there August 2009. Great rooms, fantastic staff (really caring and supportive).
Only down side... there is no A/C in the individual rooms (just in birthing rooms) so if you are having a baby in July/August it is hot in the rooms. Good for baby... not so good for mother.
About having private insurance.... It really depends on availability. Last year was a record year for births in Basel. At certain times people with private/full insurance could not get a private room because all rooms were full. Mind you if you can't get a private room you will only be sharing with one other person..max.
Good Luck with the baby plans!