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Hello, EF!

I am pregnant now 30 weeks and certainly started to ask myself funny questions like how do I get to the hospital (which is 40 km away) when I start to make birth.
In my country (Russia) there is no question: absolutely every woman independently of residentship can call an emergency number and get an auto for free.
And here I asked my Krankenkasse and was said that making birth is not an emergency case and I have to take care of myself by myself. Ehhh, considering that I have the most full complimentary insurance u can ever imagine, I was shocked
Ok, I am lucky and I really have some neighbors whom I could ask. But how do people manage when they live on the lonely house somewhere in the mountains in Schwyz or Graubunden? And I don't have a super good relationship with neighbors so i would prefer not to wake them up in the middle of the night...
And moreover, I consider this situation totally unsafe because in emergency auto the stuff is qualified and they can help if something happens. And if the fruit waters are already gone, it becomes dangerous for the baby.

So, I am really lost. Never expected and thanks God asked in advance.

Thanks to everybody if you share how u did in this situation. And is it the same with all insurance companies? Maybe I should consider switching in the future?
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Old 06.06.2012, 15:14
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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

Well, the Swiss all use the PostBus. Good thing it's always punctual and reliable! Keep a timetable to hand.

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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

Foreigners use a taxi, or stay at home and call the doctor. The first baby takes hours to come usually.
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Hello, EF!

I am pregnant now 30 weeks and certainly started to ask myself funny questions like how do I get to the hospital (which is 40 km away) when I start to make birth.
In my country (Russia) there is no question: absolutely every woman independently of residentship can call an emergency number and get an auto for free.
And here I asked my Krankenkasse and was said that making birth is not an emergency case and I have to take care of myself by myself. Ehhh, considering that I have the most full complimentary insurance u can ever imagine, I was shocked
Ok, I am lucky and I really have some neighbors whom I could ask. But how do people manage when they live on the lonely house somewhere in the mountains in Schwyz or Graubunden? And I don't have a super good relationship with neighbors so i would prefer not to wake them up in the middle of the night...
And moreover, I consider this situation totally unsafe because in emergency auto the stuff is qualified and they can help if something happens. And if the fruit waters are already gone, it becomes dangerous for the baby.

So, I am really lost. Never expected and thanks God asked in advance.

Thanks to everybody if you share how u did in this situation. And is it the same with all insurance companies? Maybe I should consider switching in the future?
The people I know in the remote villages call a taxi or the husband drives to the hospital. It usually takes ages before a baby is due and therefore one has ample time to get to the hospital. I remember when I was having my first child I phoned the hospital and was told to relax, to have a bath and to show up within the next three or four hours. If a birth is considered as a risk, the mother will most probably admitted in the hospital a couple of days before the date.
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Hello, EF!

I am pregnant now 30 weeks and certainly started to ask myself funny questions like how do I get to the hospital (which is 40 km away) when I start to make birth.
In my country (Russia) there is no question: absolutely every woman independently of residentship can call an emergency number and get an auto for free.
And here I asked my Krankenkasse and was said that making birth is not an emergency case and I have to take care of myself by myself. Ehhh, considering that I have the most full complimentary insurance u can ever imagine, I was shocked
Ok, I am lucky and I really have some neighbors whom I could ask. But how do people manage when they live on the lonely house somewhere in the mountains in Schwyz or Graubunden? And I don't have a super good relationship with neighbors so i would prefer not to wake them up in the middle of the night...
And moreover, I consider this situation totally unsafe because in emergency auto the stuff is qualified and they can help if something happens. And if the fruit waters are already gone, it becomes dangerous for the baby.

So, I am really lost. Never expected and thanks God asked in advance.

Thanks to everybody if you share how u did in this situation. And is it the same with all insurance companies? Maybe I should consider switching in the future?
if you haven't already done so it is high time to contact the hospital where you intend to give birth and they will tell you exactly how to handle the different situations which might occur.
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Hello, EF!

I am pregnant now 30 weeks and certainly started to ask myself funny questions like how do I get to the hospital (which is 40 km away) when I start to make birth.
In my country (Russia) there is no question: absolutely every woman independently of residentship can call an emergency number and get an auto for free.
And here I asked my Krankenkasse and was said that making birth is not an emergency case and I have to take care of myself by myself. Ehhh, considering that I have the most full complimentary insurance u can ever imagine, I was shocked
Ok, I am lucky and I really have some neighbors whom I could ask. But how do people manage when they live on the lonely house somewhere in the mountains in Schwyz or Graubunden? And I don't have a super good relationship with neighbors so i would prefer not to wake them up in the middle of the night...
And moreover, I consider this situation totally unsafe because in emergency auto the stuff is qualified and they can help if something happens. And if the fruit waters are already gone, it becomes dangerous for the baby.

So, I am really lost. Never expected and thanks God asked in advance.

Thanks to everybody if you share how u did in this situation. And is it the same with all insurance companies? Maybe I should consider switching in the future?
well, did you already see the doctors and make an appointment for when the birth will happen? in switzerland even childbirth is make on time and to schedule down to the minute. you can then plan and take the postbus as previously suggested.
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Old 06.06.2012, 15:35
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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

I guess taking a taxi is your best option.

I suggest taking towels too, as if you water break on the way you'll have to pay to have the seat cleaned. (I tell that because it took us ages to clean the seat in our car)
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I guess taking a taxi is your best option.

I suggest taking towels too, as if you water break on the way you'll have to pay to have the seat cleaned. (I tell that because it took us ages to clean the seat in our car)
Was that your first, though?
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hospital (which is 40 km away)
choose a different hospital.
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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

Hi Zayana.

Firstly, dont worry about it so much. Even if your waters break, it may still take a few hours for the baby to start transition - stage 2 - thats when "the really hurty" contractions start.

Secondly, seldom do first births occur faster than a 40km car ride. From "go to woh" is likely to be anywhere between 4 hours to 2 days. (Yes, i know there are exceptions here, but I am trying to calm her, guys)

The calmer you stay during the birth, the "easier" it is for you. Trust your body - nature built it so that it knows what it is doing, even when your concious brain doesn't.

Go to some birthing classes in your area. You will meet other people to talk to about the same concerns as yours. You will also meet a midwife who has seen it all before. Really! 100 times!

And your pregnancy-doctor may have some suggestions of a "back-up" plan, should your partner be unreachable at a critical time. You're not the first to ask the question, and wont be the last.

Do "pregnancy" acupuncture close to the birth. It is really calming, and this is what you need for the birth. I think it is also covered by your insurance, depending on your plan.
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And here I asked my Krankenkasse and was said that making birth is not an emergency case and I have to take care of myself by myself.
Does that actually mean you cannot call an ambulance when you get contractions unless you pay for it yourself?!?!?
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Does that actually mean you cannot call an ambulance when you get contractions unless you pay for it yourself?!?!?
correct. Unless you can already see the head.
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Secondly, seldom do first births occur faster than a 40km car ride. From "go to woh" is likely to be anywhere between 4 hours to 2 days. (Yes, i know there are exceptions here, but I am trying to calm her, guys)
Calm is one thing but you do need to be ready for anything. Our first came in 1˝ hours.
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correct. Unless you can already see the head.
And let's say the op lives in a remote place and doesn't have a partner, what is she supposed to do? I mean, really! Or the baby is in full breech which means you will never see the head.
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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

no idea how it is organised here, but I'm sure this situation has been dealt with before in the many mountain villages and remote areas of switzerland...
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OP maybe you could ask your neighbors what they did when they were giving birth.
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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

How is it done in Switzerland?
- the father, a family member or a good friend drives the person to the hospital
- in rare cases, the woman goes by public transportation or by taxi to the hospital
- some women have home births

I would discuss your situation with your family doctor or gynocologist. Perhaps they can suggest an idea on how to get to the hospital the cheapest and safest way.

I would also have a back-up plan with a neighbor. It really is comforting to have someone with you on your way to the hospital if you're having labor pains.

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And let's say the op lives in a remote place and doesn't have a partner, what is she supposed to do? I mean, really! Or the baby is in full breech which means you will never see the head.
Fristly, she doesn't live in a remote place, Secondly, people like me who liven in a remote place, call the hospital ask what to do and do it. It's really simple and not a big deal.
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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

When I had the first one I was still together with my ex, so he took me with our car.
The fun was with the second because I was alone with a 1 year old baby. I had everything organized in advance, I had contacted a person who will look after my 1 year old while im at the hospital, I had my neighbors know that I was going to be in labor anytime that week so in case it happens in the middle of the night they would take care of my boy until the other woman comes to pick him up. I had my son's and my clothes packed in advance, I had contacted a taxi cab that works during night shift, As i didnt speak german at the time I could not just grab the phone and ask for one.

At the end it happened at 2am that my water bag broke, so I called the neighbor and she stayed to sleep with my boy in my apartment for the rest of the night while I called the taxi and let know the woman that she should pick my boy first thing in the morning. Taxi arrived, I went to hospital, gave birth everything sorted out. Did i mentioned I have the basic cheapest insurance?? but great logistic skills

Good luck, Im sure it will be all right

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Re: No emergency auto for making birth

Thank you all so much, for the quick and sometimes very detailed repliesI am always amazed how EFers manage to help in absolutely any situation
I think in my case its with 98% probability will go well. What I will do:
-will have accupunktur before the birth
-talk to a midwife
-when something starts, call my hospital and ask when they think that I should come
- take the train during the day or call for a taxi in the night and not forget some towels

But still I was wondering:
- if i have not only waters but also blood, and i am not in good shape, will taxi drive still take me in the car?
- if it were the second or the third birth? Even a fine gratis russian ambulance barely managed to deliver my mom to the hospital, when she was giving birth to my sister
- if its total disaster, like the head already showed up or there is a lot of blood, or something else, still the woman can call for ambulance on a usual 144 number? Birth is actually a risky process - it happens that waters are gone too early or placenta started to dettach or the baby cant breath. They can not say for all cases NO, you are ok, go by yourself. I cant believe it..

This question is not only a practical for me, but also interesting акь the cultural point of view. Thank you all again for giving your opinion!
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