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Birth Preparation Course

Does anyone know of a good birth preparation course held in english in or around Zurich?
We are expecting early in June.
The course we planed to attend at the University Hospital is unfortunately already fully booked.

If you know of a course or if you're expecting yourself, we would love to hear from you.
Chris and Rina
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Old 20.02.2008, 13:07
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

I attended this course with my wife, it's in English and would recommend it

http://www.thestork.ch/html/birthprep.html
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

Hi,
My husband and I attended one hosted by an australian mid-wife - Keiley Schenkel. It was held at Private Klinik Bethanien (hospital in zurich). It was over a weekend, which suited us better than the storktimes, plus it was hard for us to get to the other side of the lake.
We really liked the course, informative without being " scary" or "preachy".

Good Luck. If you would like any other info PM me, I would be more than happy to help - it is still very fresh in my mind!
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

Thank you very much for your replies.
Both courses look good.
We will have a closer look at both of them and then decide.

looking forward to it.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

Hello Chris,

we are looking at this now too and was wondering if you had any further experiences to share :-)

Hope the pregnancy is going well and good luck for the last stretch :-)

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Re: Birth Preparation Course

You can also arrange birth preparation with a midwife. This is what we did in Geneva, primarily because their method is more geared towards natural birth and also because independent midwives tend to be more impartial than those working in hospitals.

You can find the list of midwives here: http://www.hebamme.ch/fr/elt/heb/freiehebammen.cfm

I am afraid I can not recommend any from your region, but it's a start.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

We did the course in English at Klinik im Park. The midwife herself was English.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

I have to say that I strongly recommend the Stork courses. The lady brought in different guests and they went the extra mile with information and tips. It was really reasuring for us as a new couple in Zurich. In addition, they are highly organised and have so many resources to use.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

For anyone whose understanding of (Swiss) German is at a reasonable level, I would really recommend to make the extra effort and take the course in German.

Although we probably only understood 75%, we were always able to ask questions in Hoch Deutsch during breaks and always got the answers that we were looking for. The courses are highly visual and of course you can find the information in books and on the internet if you miss something.

The real benefit came with improving our language skills and also in meeting locals in our age group and in a similar situation to ourselves.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

The Hirslanden clinic does a good English pre-natal course over a weekend once a month, run by a very sweet Swiss midwife called Nellie. Ring to book, but probably a bit late for this information to be of use to you.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

Did anyone find a course useful for their second baby?

My experience was nothing like what they said in my first course, so I am wondering whether I should do one or not. I feel I have too many specific questions, so perhaps someone can help me out in English.

Epidurals needles made me feel ill and the thought of a catheter was enough to put me off, but what happens if they need to do an emergency c-section and I have no epidural? Do they put you under?

Does a fast first labour through induction (<3 hours, 2cms - fully dilated <10 mins) mean the second one will also be fast? At what stage do they do epidurals here? Could it help slow down a quick labour so I can cope better?

Massage did absolutely nothing because I had back pain (posterior baby) and standing up, supposably to help the baby move down meant the heartbeat slowed too much, so I was ordered back in bed. They asked me if I wanted pain relief, since I went quiet and I puked the entire time - so I guess bringing along a bucket instead of the small, kidney shaped pan that they had would be a good preparation

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Re: Birth Preparation Course

Couldn't you ask your midwife or gynaecologist your questions-doing another course seems to be a bit much. The majority of it is very general.

I had the low back pain and I was induced too, but nothing happened -they had to keep upping my dose and then it was very short and very painful! I didn't take anything for the pain until too late!
I wanted it to be totally natural and I wouldn't have an epidural even in a fit. I remember my friend having one that worked on one side only?
But I don't think a short labour could be expected 2nd time round unless you needed to be induced again!
My friends have had very different experiences from first, second, third labours- but generally they seem to have got easier and not more difficult at least! some of them have had to have c sections on the first but not the second etc.
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Couldn't you ask your midwife or gynaecologist your questions-doing another course seems to be a bit much. The majority of it is very general.
I have tried asking my midwife, but she doesn't really elaborate on her answers. She just answers with "it can be". I will see her again in a week or so at 28 weeks, but the apointments are only 15 mins including listening to the heartbeat, so I only get a few minutes to ask questions and that goes very quick. She doesn't speak English either.

My last course I did in English, but I felt that the instructors level of English was very limited and she didn't tell me much that I hadn't read about already.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

Hi all,

Me and my wife did one at the University Hospital in English, you can check it out via this link.

http://www.geburtshilfe.usz.ch/PatientenUndBesucher/Kurse_Drucksachen_Infos/Kurse/Seiten/Geburtsvorbereitung_Englisch.aspx

Was a great experience and we learnt a lot. I would recommend doing it 2 days over the weekend.

The midwife was like a walking encyclopedia and we could ask loads of questions. We put so many fears aside and she was so refreshing as she really believes in natural birth, gave so many suggestions on interesting aromatherapy and other good ideas.


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Re: Birth Preparation Course

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I went to the Klinic im Park in Wollishofen, it was a few years back but the midwife was actually English and a lady of years of experience and full of information. There were other native English speaking midwives there too. It does make a big difference when you want really specific information, it's one thing understanding, but another that you are properly understood.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

I don't know any in Zurich...but I totally recommend it...look on line under Hebammen/Geburtsforberitungs Kurs...also check through the hospitals they sometimes offer bilingual courses. I took mine near Basel and it really helped me understand the way they do things over here! Made having a baby in Europe in a strange country/ different language much easier. Also check with your doctor...they may know of places that do English Birth Prep classes.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

It's better to speak to somebody in person, but if you don't find anybody or don't feel like leaving home, try www.babycenter.com , there seems to be a forum there for every single weird question. Plus, epidurals do follow the same kind of anesthesia logic, I believe, so there should not be really big differences between countries? If you hope for a slow labor, mine was too slow under epi so it can definitely work. Just watch out for c-section when it slows down too much. If I go for VBAC next time I will stay clear of epi, fo sho. Your questions are pretty simple though, and there should be answers to them in a few mins, I would take your hubby with you next time you see your doc, OBs seem more attentive and proffesional when a guy is there in my experience.
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Did anyone find a course useful for their second baby?
I went through a group course in English for the first baby, but for the second I felt I did not need to go through the whole thing once again (and I did not want to sit there with a group of apprehensive first-time mothers), so I hired a midwife that basically sat with me, answered my questions and gave me some additional reassurance that I needed.

A good midwife can give you a lot of useful information and answer all the questions that you asked here, but you have to find someone really good.
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Re: Birth Preparation Course

We just finished the birthing course with The Stork Knows and it was really good. We are actually taking the Infant Care course in late July with them as well.

The nice thing with the English-based course is that there are other expats so we also shared tips and tricks on the Swiss birth system (paperwork required, etc).

I would really recommend it - both my husband and I benefited from it. So it's not just for the woman!
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Hi all,

Me and my wife did one at the University Hospital in English, you can check it out via this link.
Thanks for the link.

Did your wife find spending the entire 2 days there tiring? The lunch break on the first day is 1.5 hours!

How much time did they spend on breathing and relaxation techniques and practical exercises about how to deal with contractions? For me this is the most importnant part and I don't want to have to sit through info about baby care and dealing with becomming a parent for the majority of the course.

How many men attended the course?
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