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Old 04.03.2011, 14:25
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public hospitals in zurich area

I tried calling my insurance company twice now with one hang up (by them!) when they didn't speak English and the other to say that they would have someone who could speak better English call me back - that was over a week ago. So, I turn once again to the forum that has all wisdom

I will only have basic insurance for when I give birth as I fall into that not being here long enough category. I just want to find out all the public hospitals that I can use - I have gleaned Triemli and Universitatspital from other posts, but am just wondering if these are the only 2 in the Zurich area? As I'm down in Richterswil, logistics would lean me towards Triemli if these are the only two options (although we will do a tour to make sure we are ok with it), but are there any other public hospitals down the lake? There is a hospital two blocks from our apt but from what I can glean with my non-existent German it seems to be in the private category, but I'm not 100% sure and the person who answered the phone couldn't speak english either.

moral of the story - I just need to learn German until then, I will just keep adding questions to the forum!
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Old 04.03.2011, 14:33
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

THere are several threads about hospitals for birth etc.
http://www.google.com/search?sitesea...swil&logic=and

[General] Maternity and Birthing Experiences

The Spital Zimmerberg in Horgen is an option and is now called See Spital after it merged with Sanitas in Kilchberg.

But probably the hospital in Richterswil is also an option. All hospitals are private really, so you just need to check it is covered by the basic insurance "grund versicheriung".
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

http://www.citymed.ch/Aerzte-Klinike...54-30-0-0.aspx

This link should give you a complete listing of public hospitals / clinis in the Zurich area. Check with your insurance company which one(s) is/are best for you.
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Old 04.03.2011, 14:44
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

Talk to the doctor you go to for your regular checks. They will know which is the best and closest for you.

For Richterswil, Horgen and Sanitas in Kilchberg comes to mind but I am sure there are more.
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Old 04.03.2011, 20:10
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

Sanitas no longer has a Department for Births. When I looked it up it moved me to Horgen , so I presume they have taken this part over.

Richterswil has rooms with three beds for the 'Basic Insurance' patients.

Hope all goes smoothly.
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Old 05.03.2011, 21:32
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

There is a birthing house in Richterswil and my friend recently had a baby there and was very happy with the care (although she speaks fluent German so I don't know how many staff speak English). I'm guessing that is the place you were talking about but as far as I know my friend has basic insurance too.

Your other close options are Horgen (which I can highly recommend) or Lachen.
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

Lachen is in canton Schwyz though, and with basic insurance I'm not sure if this would be covered. Definitely check it out first.
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Old 06.03.2011, 12:49
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

I'd forgotten that.

I'd also speak with your doctor and find out which hospital they work at. Even on basic insurance it was my own doctor who delivered my son as it happened to be a day he was at the hospital.
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

I had my son 4 months ago in Horgen with basic insurance. Lovely place, fantastic midwives, good doctors(most speak english) nice lake views.
A very positive experience.
Highly recommend!!
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Old 06.03.2011, 15:23
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

I think that you've gotten lots of good advice here if you're set on having a hospital birth, but just wanted to give my story as well, in case you hadn't thought of it as an option.

I'm also on basic insurance and even though my German is ok, I don't think I'm going to want to try to speak or understand a second language during labor and birth (due in May), so we've decided to find a midwife that speaks fluent English (and German) who will come to our house for a home birth. I had an experience at the University Hospital during my pregnancy (in the Frauen Klinik) and they were incredibly nice, but the nurse spoke only Swiss German, so we were both at a bit of a loss.

So, after finding out that one can't typically choose the doctor or midwife/ves that will assist in the birth when you have a birth house or hospital birth, we think a home birth will help me feel more calm with people I know around me (we also don't have a high risk prenancy, so it's an option for us.) Basic insurance covers everything and so far I've been very happy with my experience with our midwife during the controls.

I wish you the best of luck on your search, with where ever it is that you choose to give birth!
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Old 06.03.2011, 16:11
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I'm also on basic insurance and even though my German is ok, I don't think I'm going to want to try to speak or understand a second language during labor and birth (due in May), so we've decided to find a midwife that speaks fluent English (and German) who will come to our house for a home birth. I had an experience at the University Hospital during my pregnancy (in the Frauen Klinik) and they were incredibly nice, but the nurse spoke only Swiss German, so we were both at a bit of a loss.

So, after finding out that one can't typically choose the doctor or midwife/ves that will assist in the birth when you have a birth house or hospital birth, we think a home birth will help me feel more calm with people I know around me (we also don't have a high risk prenancy, so it's an option for us.) Basic insurance covers everything and so far I've been very happy with my experience with our midwife during the controls.
My experience with birth houses is that they typically only have a very few midwives working there (where I was, only 3) and you booked in with one midwife and she would only take you on if she knew she did not have a planned holiday at your due date, meaning that it would only be in a real emergency that you would have to have one of the other midwives working there. And in case that happened, I was introduced to both of the other midwives and they could both speak sufficient English, so that box was ticked.

So a birthhouse would also be another option for you on basic insurance and you are able to visit several so you could find out what suited you best and the pros and cons of them versus a hospital. You do not have to give birth at home when using a birth house midwife - in fact most of their births are in the birth house (although both of mine were at home but with a midwife from the birth house).

On a side note regarding language, my midwife was the best Swiss English speaker I have yet to encounter in Switzerland who hasn't been bilingual from birth. She worked in New Zealand for a while so that sort of explains her brilliant English. However, in the last 15 mins or so before my son was born, I dimly remember thinking "why is she speaking to me so strange". Husband reports that she switched subconsciously into Swiss German. It didn't matter at all to me at that point (there was only one thing to understand ... push!) but the midwife had no recollection of doing it
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

I also gave birth in a central Zurich birth house and all medical/midwifery costs were covered by our basic insurance with Sanitas but additional costs and staying in for the wochenbett was not. However the ten days of midwife care post birth was still covered so we just stayed in for 2 days and then had a midwife visit us at home. I checked in advance that everyone on the team spoke English - nearly all did although some better than others, and it was never a problem during the check-ups (which were all also at the birthhouse so only went to a doctor for scans). The team was quite big but I met several of them during the check-ups and luckily when we went in have my daughter it was a midwife that I knew. There was no guarantee of that but tbh there are rarely any guarantees with anything birth related!
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The team was quite big but I met several of them during the check-ups and luckily when we went in have my daughter it was a midwife that I knew. There was no guarantee of that but tbh there are rarely any guarantees with anything birth related!
Interesting .. in the birth house I used here in Pratteln (just outside Basel) you were practically guaranteed your booked in midwife, unless she had some real emergency herself, or was already engaged looking after another lady in labour (but they try to book their cases to avoid this). Whilst I was pregnant my midwife did miss one of her booked in births due to her son being admitted into hospital with very serious measles - just to give you an idea of what it would take for her to miss one of her births!

Obviously it works differently in different birthhouses and my case could have simply been because the birthhouse was so small. Something to add to your ever growing list of questions!

Oh and just to add - this birth house did not do wochenbett, so you stayed for up to 24/36 hours until you felt happy to go home .. but personally, there's no place like home as far as I'm concerned so that wouldn't have bothered me .. but I do hear it is rather lovely to have all your cooking done for you!

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Interesting .. in the birth house I used here in Pratteln (just outside Basel) you were practically guaranteed your booked in midwife, unless she had some real emergency herself, or was already engaged looking after another lady in labour (but they try to book their cases to avoid this).
I've always wondered about how midwives can plan this given how unpredictable babies arrivals are, and what happens if you have a really long labour would the one midwife stay for all or bring in help? I think midwives do an amazing job, but ones who are basically on call for when 'their' ladies give birth must really be dedicated to the job.

No place like home for me too I couldn't wait to get home and start settling in, calling people etc!
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I've always wondered about how midwives can plan this given how unpredictable babies arrivals are, and what happens if you have a really long labour would the one midwife stay for all or bring in help? I think midwives do an amazing job, but ones who are basically on call for when 'their' ladies give birth must really be dedicated to the job.

No place like home for me too I couldn't wait to get home and start settling in, calling people etc!

From what I've heard from others, the midwives that work in a hospital setting have about 8 hour shifts (could be different in birth houses), so depending on how long your labor is will depend on how many different midwives will assist you. And as someone said, maybe this is a good thing...fresh eyes and all. In my situation, my midwife is "on call" for me once I hit the 37 weeks mark and she will stay with me during my entire labor. I also commend her for her dedication!
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Re: public hospitals in zurich area

I wonder whether is it normal to wait 6 weeks for a control exam at specialist in unispital? I've already had one and I had to wait 6 weeks for it. The next one is again after 6 weeks. I don't like this magic number.
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