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Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Has anyone given birth at Lachen Hospital? We have just moved from Canton Zurich to Lachen in Canton Schwyz and I am due in 3 months. I am due to meet my new doctor in 3 weeks and he speaks English but I'm worried that the midwives/nurses at the hospital won't. Plus I was wondering if anyone knows if the hospital is in favour of natural births over cesarians? Any info would be great, thanks!!
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

If the midwives and nurses dont speak english then its a great chance to improve your german
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

The more natural, the better! You'll get amazing care on how to breastfeed and care for your baby as well.

As for English, it depends on the person tending you. It's not a required language to speak at the hospital but you'll find many who do.

Talk to your doctor and memorize some German terms that might help you during labour.

1. Es tut weh! (It hurts)
2. Ich habe genug! (I've had enough)
3. Narkose bitte (PDA)
4. Ja / Nein
5. Muttermund (cervix)
7. Offen (open)

Congratulations and good luck!
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The more natural, the better! You'll get amazing care on how to breastfeed and care for your baby as well.

As for English, it depends on the person tending you. It's not a required language to speak at the hospital but you'll find many who do.

Talk to your doctor and memorize some German terms that might help you during labour.

1. Es tut weh! (It hurts)
2. Ich habe genug! (I've had enough)
3. Narkose bitte (PDA)
4. Ja / Nein
5. Muttermund (cervix)
7. Offen (open)

Congratulations and good luck!
Good advice.

And if you need the epidural, I reckon you can just yell "EPIDURAL BITTE" and they'll understand. ;p
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Personally?

Stop, Ja and Nein is really all you need in this instance

Most practitioners steer towards "natural" births here. Weird as it may sound, just relax about the whole thing, and you are less likely to require a caesarian. Know that your body was built to do this, 1000's before you have done this, and thousands after you will.
And know that they wont head in the direction of caesarian unless they are worried about your or the baby's safety.

They can also give you pain relief medication in an injection in the hand- this takes the edge off.

"Natural" in the olden days, also meant that more women and babies died. When I was in hospital, years ago, the midwife said that she had never known a woman to have died during a birth nowadays. And birth is not an undangerous procedure. It is also not a "sin" to go caesarian.

Some things just happen. And years from now you'll be wondering what you were worrying about
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If the midwives and nurses dont speak english then its a great chance to improve your german
Very funny. In the middle of labour I don't think I'll be searching in my brain for my German vocab "ouch... enschuldigung... ouch... ich mochte..."
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Thanks all, my German isn't too bad actually, and my husband speaks fluently. It's more the fact that I think I will feel vulnerable not being able to understand what is being said around me at such a critical time (and will be said in Swiss German which I definitely don't understand!). Might consider a private midwife. If anyone has any positive stories about Lachen hospital it would be great to hear these
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Very funny. In the middle of labour I don't think I'll be searching in my brain for my German vocab "ouch... enschuldigung... ouch... ich mochte..."
At least you saw the funny side of my post, unlike clone000 who groaned it for absolutely no reason. Some people on the EF clearly require a personality transplant.

Good luck with the coming event
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Very funny. In the middle of labour I don't think I'll be searching in my brain for my German vocab "ouch... enschuldigung... ouch... ich mochte..."
Don't worry, I think that most midwifes speak pregnant.
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

...I think it has been almost three months...

Wishing you all the best if you are about to deliver any day now, and if you had your baby already...congratulations!!!

I hope all went well at the hospital? Are you liking Lachen? I was actually born at that hospital and grew up in the neighboring town (Altendorf), but spent a lot of time in Lachen.

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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

This is an old thread and also not very informative...Does anyone have any kind of experience in the Lachen Hospital? Is there any other public hospital in Schwyz? Thanks in advance!!
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This is an old thread and also not very informative...Does anyone have any kind of experience in the Lachen Hospital? Is there any other public hospital in Schwyz? Thanks in advance!!
The hospitals in SZ are Lachen, Einsiedeln, and Schwyz.
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Zuzuni,

Depending where you are in SZ you might consider one of the ZH hospitals.

I have been treated at both Lachen and Einsiedeln - but for something else, I cannot comment on their maternity units. Neither experience was pleasant, but I lived to tell the tale. Of the two, I'd probably go to Lachen before Einsiedeln.

But again, the maternity units might be quite different.

You should visit the hospitals you are considering before making your decision.
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Hi all

I know this is an old thread but I have the same question as the OP and havenít seen it answered here or elsewhere.

Iím 6 months pregnant with my first baby and need to choose a hospital for the birth. Lachen is the closest one to me but I have heard some negative feedback on it which is making me very nervous. Could anyone who has given birth in Lachen share their experience? Or, has anyone heard anything, good or bad, about the hospital in general recently?

Thank you!
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Hi redcurrant, We've just moved to the area from the UK and I too am thinking of giving birth to my first baby in Lachen, mainly due to the fact that it's so close to where we live. I'm due mid July. Would be good to chat about what we've heard about the hospital? Where abouts are you living?

Would be really grateful for any experiences that people have had/heard of in connection with the Spital in Lachen. Would also be great to hear from anyonE else living in the area as I'm so new :-)
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Hi redcurrant, We've just moved to the area from the UK and I too am thinking of giving birth to my first baby in Lachen, mainly due to the fact that it's so close to where we live. I'm due mid July. Would be good to chat about what we've heard about the hospital? Where abouts are you living?

Would be really grateful for any experiences that people have had/heard of in connection with the Spital in Lachen. Would also be great to hear from anyonE else living in the area as I'm so new :-)
It doesn't matter the hospital, make sure your gynaecologist will be there during the (most part of) birth.
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Hi greenmount, from what I've understood, my halbprivate insurance doesn't cover the birth because I was already pregnant when taking it out. That means I can't choose my gynaecologist at the birth and will have to just go with the hospital doctors....
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It doesn't matter the hospital, make sure your gynaecologist will be there during the (most part of) birth.
Personally I don't think this is the most important thing when giving birth. The midwives play a much bigger role in my opinion and it's much more important to feel comfortable in the hospital environment with the people around you than it is to have your gynaecologist with you.
Many gynaecologists working in private practices don't do hospital deliveries or are restricted to certain hospitals ( which are often not covered under basic insurance).
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Personally I don't think this is the most important thing when giving birth. The midwives play a much bigger role in my opinion and it's much more important to feel comfortable in the hospital environment with the people around you than it is to have your gynaecologist with you.
Many gynaecologists working in private practices don't do hospital deliveries or are restricted to certain hospitals ( which are often not covered under basic insurance).
Yep, I'm aware that opinions vary.
As for the second part, as you said, it depends on the doctor and the type of insurance. (that's why better to know everything in advance)
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Re: Giving birth at Lachen Hospital

Hi Feli

My info on Lachen hospital is neither detailed nor recent, which is why I was hoping to get a bit more feedback here . However, for what it's worth:

- An acquaintance went to the gynecological department there for something and was not happy with the standard of care received. This was a couple of years ago.
- We've heard second/third hand from a couple of other people that their experience with Lachen was not great.

On the plus side for me for Lachen hospital:

- It's close by.
- We went to an information evening a couple of months ago and the midwives seemed very nice. My German is practically non-existent though so this impression was based on body language and my husband's translation!
- My gynaecologist is associated with the hospital and she is lovely. She has told us that she would try her best to be at the delivery (and this is in a basic insurance context). However her presence is not guaranteed and my understanding is that the midwives do most of the work in a normal delivery.

It would be nice to know what (if anything) you've heard about the hospital. Drop me a PM if you would like to chat 'off-forum' about this or something else
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