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Basel Antenatal Classes?

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I am looking for an english speaking antenatal class in Basel. The classes run via the Frauenspital are booked out and the BCT class is not covered by my insurance policy as it is not taught by a swiss registered midwife.
I am keen to focus my antenatal education on learning skills to assist in a natural birth (deep relaxation and breathing etc)
There are so many midwifes in Basel and i would love a recommendation from someone who has taken a class here.
Thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to help!
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Old 19.08.2011, 13:49
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Re: Basel Antenatal Classes?

The only ones I know of are the BCT one and the Frauenspital. If I remember correctly the BCT one wasn't too expensive.

It was a really good course and worth paying the money for to be thoroughly informed on the big day and the days after
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I am keen to focus my antenatal education on learning skills to assist in a natural birth (deep relaxation and breathing etc)
As mimi1981 mentioned, I doubt it is that expensive, and although I haven't attended any courses by Susie A (BCT ante-natal person), I know her personally and know that she is all in to the natural stuff, so you may just want to take the plunge with her.

Good luck, whatever you choose, but don't ignore the potential for drugs to help things along... most women I've spoken to who tried "natural" and then "medical" on subsequent births were of the "never again natural; drugs all the way" opinion afterwards.

In our case, we were in a group of 5 couples who despite the best of intentions all ended up with emergency c-sections. No refunds were forthcoming, sadly - I hasten to add that this was not Susie! (Although I don't know what her refund policy - if any - is either...)
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As mimi1981 mentioned, I doubt it is that expensive, and although I haven't attended any courses by Susie A (BCT ante-natal person), I know her personally and know that she is all in to the natural stuff, so you may just want to take the plunge.

Good luck, whatever you choose, but don't ignore the potential for drugs to help things along... most women I've spoken to who tried "natural" and then "medical" on subsequent births were of the "never again, drugs all the way" opinion afterwards.

In our case, we were in a group of 5 couples who despite the best of intentions all ended up with emergency c-sections. No refunds were forthcoming, sadly.
If I am ever brave enough to increase my brood then I am definitely taking drugs this time


And I second the fact that Susie is into the whole natural birth thing....she is incredibly knowledgeable and reassuring. I am just a wuss when it comes to pain it seems
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Re: Basel Antenatal Classes?

There is also Catherine Olah, who I did my antenatal classes with 7 years ago http://www.olah.ch/angebot.html

She does private and group courses for English speakers - I did a group class.

Having said that though, I personally didn't get on with her because she is very "alternative therapy" in her approach - aromatherapy, reflexology etc. and whilst I'm all for basically anything to help in childbirth it was all a bit too much for me - the scathing remarks about women who want drugs, the small amount of time spent on those topics etc. I wanted to know about everything (including epidurals and c sections) just in case. It was the point at which she described her own childbirth experience as "an enjoyable pain" that I basically lost belief in her. This being said, if you are into the whole natural thing and really really want to do that then she may be right for you.

Personally (and with a slight BCT bias since I love the BCT and Susie is a fantastic teacher and mum of 3 kids) I would wholeheartedly recommend the courses there.

I'm surprised that the insurance don't offer the discount anyway. Susie is a qualified antenatal teacher after all - maybe it's just your particular insurance because I never heard that before? In any case, the insurance only pay something like 150CHF towards it (that's 7 years ago so may be a different amount now) but I'm sure they only pay a small contribution anyway.

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Re: Basel Antenatal Classes?

I just checked and my insurance policy paid 150CHF for the class with the BCT (SWICA) and if I remember rightly it was about half, if not more, of the cost.
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Thanks - I will contact Catherine Olah. It's always good to check out a few options!
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If I am ever brave enough to increase my brood then I am definitely taking drugs this time


And I second the fact that Susie is into the whole natural birth thing....she is incredibly knowledgeable and reassuring. I am just a wuss when it comes to pain it seems

I know - I probably am too - i just want to see how it goes first and arming myself with a positive attitude and a few natural birth skills seems like the wisest choice for me!
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