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Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Hello

Just wondered if anyone knew of any drop-in clinics in Geneva where I can get my newborn weighed. Had baby in the UK, so Swiss post-birth care is a bit of a mystery still. I guess most of it goes via GP?

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Hello

Just wondered if anyone knew of any drop-in clinics in Geneva where I can get my newborn weighed. Had baby in the UK, so Swiss post-birth care is a bit of a mystery still. I guess most of it goes via GP?

thanks

Caroline
I don't know any of the drop in clinics you asked, but you can rent a scale from any pharmacy. It costs like 20 - 30 Fr a month. That's what I did.
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Yes, via GP.

But if you just want to weigh (and measure) your baby, why not use bathroom scales (kitchen scales, if it's a very young baby) and a measuring tape?

Height/weight tables and percentiles here.
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Or instead of kitchen scales you could use one of these for weighing:

Instead of luggage, you would have your baby in a little carrier for weighing

I use it to weigh my cats.....but I think weighing a baby would be much easier than a wriggly cat hehehe
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Or instead of kitchen scales you could use one of these for weighing:

Instead of luggage, you would have your baby in a little carrier for weighing

I use it to weigh my cats.....but I think weighing a baby would be much easier than a wriggly cat hehehe
You weigh your cats?
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You weigh your cats?
If you care about their development, sure.
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Yep, they are only 8 months old at the moment.

I do it just to check they are growing at the rate they should be.

And I am curious to know how much they weigh, especially when they choose to lie on my chest in the middle of the night hehe
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Why not get one from shop yourself as they are not vault breakers: http://www.toppreise.ch/index.php?search=scales you might use it later to weigh other babies, animals, luggage and family members. Appliance always useful in household
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Bathroom scales will be perfectly suitable and really easy to weigh them with
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Bathroom scales will be perfectly suitable and really easy to weigh them with
True to a point -- for very young babies, you need the weight to the nearest 10g. Hence my suggestion to use kitchen scales. Most bathroom scales onle deliver accuracy to one decimal place.
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True to a point -- for very young babies, you need the weight to the nearest 10g. Hence my suggestion to use kitchen scales. Most bathroom scales onle deliver accuracy to one decimal place.
Small range scales say up to 5000g or 8000g should do a job:

http://www.toppreise.ch/pic_184867.html

And they sell them online!
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Small range scales say up to 5000g or 8000g should do a job!
Indeed. Also known as kitchen scales.
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Indeed. Also known as kitchen scales.
I'm just trying to provide as accurate answer as I can and the best I get is it must be nothing else but man flu
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Go to Migros veg area. Lots of scales there
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Here in Zurich, baby health care is done by the mother/father advice service (health nurse) and by the Paediatrician. 90%-100% of the cost is covered under the basic health insurance.

How we found a good Paediatrician was to ask a local Kindergarten teacher - if you know anyone who has school-aged children, they probably have an idea of who is a good Paed locally, or can ask for you.

Second suggestion was to ask at your local pharmacy. They will have all the local Paediatricians logged in their computer system, ours wasn't prepared to give a 'recommendation' of one vs. another, but they printed me a list of names and numbers for all the ones in the local area, which was easy.

I wouldn't recommend you weigh at home without medical support/advice. Weighing is a poor indicator of baby health - there are other indicators that are more important - wet/dry nappies, meeting developmental milestones, alert, and generally wellness.
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

You could look for the equivalent of the Mutterberatung in the German side, then you can go and just weigh the baby, or weigh and get advices.


http://www.muetterberatung.ch/MVB/index_f.htm
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

There is the arcades des sages femmes in Carl Vogt which is the midwives association in Geneva and is open every day. Otherwise, most communes in Geneva have a place to talk to midwives and weigh the baby usually through the FSASD they're not open every day though and you'd have to check the timings etc.
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Re: Where to weigh baby in Geneva

Yes, visit the mid-wives office (arcades des sages femmes), and you can weigh your baby there. You can also engage a midwife if you have after birth needs.

http://www.arcade-sages-femmes.ch/asf/
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