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Rheinfelden hospital

Anyone have any experience with the regional hospital in Rheinfelden? I will have a baby soon and my doctor already sent notice of my birth to this hospital since it is the one he works at. I think that in the case if I might need a c-section I would rather go to the Basel unispital. Anyone have opinions?

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Re: Rheinfelden hospital

Yes, very wise. I used to live with a nurse here in Switzerland, and she told me to always avoid the smaller hospitals!

You should register soon with the Uni hospital in Basel, and maybe meet your midwife, so they are ready for you. The first baby usually takes a long time, so no need to panic on the day. After the birth they will need to see your papers, both passports, and will register the birth for you. Ask for the international, multilingual birth certificate.

Don't forget to arrange health insurance early enough for the baby, you only start paying when it is born. Otherwise you will be liable for baby costs until you get some insurance...
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Thanks! Just a few other questions.

1. Is the midwife supposed to be present during the birth and not necessarily my gynecologist? I thought it was just the nurses and doctor available at that hospital at that time that will most likely be present. I don't have a preference to who will be there, just as long as there are people around who are professional and know what they are doing.

2. Do I have to register for the midwife separately? Is it OK to register for an Aargau bad midwife for a birth in Basel?

3. My neighbor is a midwife. Do you think it's a good idea to have her be my midwife? I guess she will be seeing my womanly parts. And if I don't choose her maybe she'll be offended!

4. Are there a limited amount of times the midwife comes after the birth that are covered by insurance? Is this dependable on the number of days you stay at the hospital after the birth?

Thanks to anyone who can answer!
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Re: Rheinfelden hospital

The midwife delivers the baby, but there will be a gynecologist and a children's doctor on duty in the Unispital if anything goes wrong. (Which might not be the case in the Rheinfelden hospital, when you would need to be taken by ambulance to the next big hospital). You need to choose a midwife.

Why not talk to your midwife neighbour about the Swiss system, as we are not experts.
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Re: Rheinfelden hospital

I'd suggest it's better to have a midwife who doesn't know you personally. Professional detachment would seem preferable.

Of course a midwife will have to see your private parts. How could it be otherwise?
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Re: Rheinfelden hospital

fluffylily - you said, you are going to have babby soon. Could you share experience you had? We are also living in Canton aargau and option given is Rheinfelden Hospital. But I have additional Insurance which allow me to select hospital anywhere in Switzerland.

We have Gyn just near to our house and we are visiting her for regular checkups. Do we still need to find out a midwife/nurse?

Another question i have is where did you go for antanatel classes?

Any additional information would be helpful. This is our first time.
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Re: Rheinfelden hospital

Hi swisswis,

I didn't have the baby yet but will plan to give birth at Basel just because I feel more comfortable with a larger hospital which might have more experience if something wrong happens. I didn't take any antenatal courses since this is my second child so can't help you with that one. However I did arrange for a midwife to come for home visitations after the birth which is what they recommend to do early on since it might be difficult to find someone.

I heard that the Rheinfelden hospital was very nice and comfortable according to a friend who gave birth there. They also might be more personable since it's a smaller hospital. At Basel I recently went and had the impression that there are just so many people involved and you never see the same person twice. But i made my choice and can't really change now! So i wouldn't be too put off by going to the regional hospital in Rheinfelden if you asked my opinion.
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