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Does anyone have experience of having a home birth in the Zurich area? A friend and her hubby are moving to Switzerland and she is already pregnant. I see from previous threads that she will probably only be entitled to take out basic insurance since she is already pregnant so the other question is; will basic insurance cover a home birth?
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Re: Advice on a homebirth in Zürich

I've updated some tags and now....
http://www.englishforum.ch/tags/birthing/

might help - but are not specific to home births.
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Re: Advice on a homebirth in Zürich

It should since no doctor is involved and thus, cheaper than a hospital birth. So logically, yes. Reality, well maybe someone else knows or else a quick call to the insurance company should do it.

Please also remind your friend that she has to take out a health insurance for the baby _before_ it is born. It isn't absolutely necessary but definitely to be recommended.


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Does anyone have experience of having a home birth in the Zurich area? A friend and her hubby are moving to Switzerland and she is already pregnant. I see from previous threads that she will probably only be entitled to take out basic insurance since she is already pregnant so the other question is; will basic insurance cover a home birth?
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It should since no doctor is involved and thus, cheaper than a hospital birth. So logically, yes. Reality, well maybe someone else knows or else a quick call to the insurance company should do it.
It's only early days so they have still got to find an insurance company which suits.

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Please also remind your friend that she has to take out a health insurance for the baby _before_ it is born. It isn't absolutely necessary but definitely to be recommended.
Yes, good point - will pass that on. Best to do it before the birth - there's enough going on afterwards!

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I've updated some tags and now....
http://www.englishforum.ch/tags/birthing/

might help - but are not specific to home births.
Yep, checked these already - some of the insurance info was useful, though.
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Re: Advice on a homebirth in Zürich

I googled the issue quickly and all info I found indicates that it is covered.

This e.g.: "Hebammen sind gemäss Gesetz (KVG) den Ärzten gleichgestellt. Sie können deshalb - auch ohne ärztliche Verordnung - die Begleitung sowohl während der Schwangerschaftb wie auch nach der Geburt übernehmen und zu Lasten der Grundversicherung abrechnen."


She may want to consider "Geburtshaus" though. It is a clinic with midwives present and doctor on call if I am not mistaken.

I put in "hausgeburt grundversicherung" in the search field.

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Re: Advice on a homebirth in Zürich

Hi, I have had a homebirth in Geneva 3 years ago and it was all covered by basic insurance. The insurance actually saves money as it is cheaper.... no hospital and doctors charges.....
I had to find a midwife to do it for me (or with me rather) and I can't recommend one in Zürich.

I highly recommend home births, I've done it twice and had a hospital one too and it was so much better at home!!!
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Re: Advice on a homebirth in Zürich

Yes, you can have a home birth under general insurance cover. At a home birth two midwives are present. Make an appointment to meet one or both in your neighbourhood - you need to know beforehand if you are on the same wave-length. Check the list provided in an earlier post.
If you want a home water birth, you have to check if your place will support the weight (ask a landlord....), because the tubs are very heavy when filled with water.
You might also want to consider the Delphys birthing house in Zurich, which offers home-birth-like facilities.
And: search "birth" on the Forum - there is a lot of information here on giving birth (in all sorts of ways...)
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