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No stillgeldausweis for Helsana group. My husband just confirmed that. However, there is a new law taking into effect Jan 2009. An income supplement of some sort. Here is the information however I could only find it in German. If anyone can find it in English, that would be great.

http://www.bernfamilie.ch/N96614/kin...agen-bern.html
After 1. Jan 2009 they are making Kinderzulagen (monthly payment per child paid on top of your salary) the same accross Kantons. At the moment some Kantons are more than others. Basel is more than Zug, so we claim this through my husband's employer who is in Basel. Zug also bases it on the number of hours worked, reducing it when you work part-time.
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

I noticed that this thread is a little old but I was wondering if anyone can share with me their birthing experience in the Neuchatel area, particularly with a hospital?

I'm 18 weeks pregnant and while it's still early days, I'm curious as to what to expect from the hospital (we couldn't find a family doctor and etc so we ended up going to just the hospital). I've got basic coverage and basically am pretty much okay with the lack of privacy and all (am used to it coming from Malaysia where public hospital wards are huge and such).

I just want to know what to expect, what to prepare and well, what to watch out for. I'd like to breastfeed my baby immediately (are breast pumps insured and if they are, how do I go about buying them? The doc did mention that if I wanted to get anything, I ought to check with her first...), room her with me (if that's possible) and well, have my hubby there for delivery. Epidural would be a gem too...

So...any thoughts, tips or advice (and warnings!)?
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Old 19.02.2009, 16:38
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

I too want to know what others think but of Hospital Bulach. My doctor recommend this to me. I am delivering twins and would love to have a private room (which I have to pay out of pocket for). Anyone have an experience there? How would I go about getting a tour? Thanks.

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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

Figured I'd add my comment regarding the 2 hospitals I've given birth, Uster and the Uni Spital.
As I've discovered this goes for both hospitals and doctors: When things are going well, most places are "good enough", but when problems arrise you really discover the faults.

Giving birth in Uster: Not enough staff available when the baby came (I'm a quick one), after care was ok, family room was great, food was just "ok".

Giving birth at UniSpital: They have laughing gas! This I never saw mentioned anywhere and having taken advantage of it, it's rather useful. (and no, I didn't laugh) Staff reacted quickly, there seemed to be enough of them around. I had a 2 person room, was alone 2 nights and in hell the next 2 nights.

I had the misfortune of being stuck in Uster due to complications during my second pregnancy (my first baby was born in Uster) and I have to say it was terrible. The doctors seemed ok at the start but struck me as fairly unreasonable as time passed on. In the end I checked myself out, went home and signed up to give birth at the Unispital, a decision I never regretted.

In retrospect, although I never thought I'd say this -> Get private insurance if you plan on getting pregnant.

Advantage: You can to speak to the head doctor about your problem and you get your own room.

If I had been a first time mom at the unispital with the crazy lady and her kid both screaming with the lights on for 2 nights straight (MY baby slept!) I would have gone crazy too.
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In retrospect, although I never thought I'd say this -> Get private insurance if you plan on getting pregnant.

Advantage: You can to speak to the head doctor about your problem and you get your own room.

If I had been a first time mom at the unispital with the crazy lady and her kid both screaming with the lights on for 2 nights straight (MY baby slept!) I would have gone crazy too.
Private insurance is also only available for people who have had no complications and no operations. That certainly isn' me

You don't need private insurance to have a choice of doctor and a private room. Many hospitals do upgrades for the birth and your stay.
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Private insurance is also only available for people who have had no complications and no operations..
I don't think this is gospel at all. I would check with another insurance salesman.

If, for example you had a previous complicated pregnancy and all future births need to by c-section then this is a previous condition and will be reflected by higher premiums.

I cannot expect a situation where you cannot get private insurance at any point - it will always be reflected in the premiun however.

Lastly, I would add in Germany (e.g. probably in Switzerland too) that it is possible to upgrade your insurance to private when already pregnant - but again, its not cheap.
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

Hi Pixie,

I gave birth to twins recently and the hospital gave me a private room without me having to pay anything extra. I think that this is what usually happens with twins as they think you will disturb the other patients a lot as there can be quite a lot of crying with two!!! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

Ness,
That sounds great! How are you doing with twins? I can't imagine what those first few weeks or months are like! Congrats on your twins.
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

Hi Pixie,

My twins are fantastic - I have a boy and a girl. Life is incredibly hectic and somewhat sleep deprived at the moment. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions I can help out with about stuff to buy etc and IŽll do my best to answer them. I joined TAMBA (which you may have already done) to get as much information as possible before the twins were born - the message boards are great. I donŽt get much time to read them nowadays though. The time when both twins are asleep is a bit limited but they are getting a bit more setted of late. However, one is just waking up...grrr...famous last words!
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

Hello all.
Ness - congrats on twins!!
I've just discovered that I'm pregnant and live near Morges/Lausanne. I've just booked an appointment with a gynie in Morges, but he won't see me before I'm 8 weeks. Is that normal? Does anyone know if they do a scan or listen for the heartbeat at that point? Is that why they wait so long?
Sorry if this is an uterly daft question! It's my first time!
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

I've never seen a gynaecologist here, I just had a midwife here, and we had our first meeting at 12 weeks. I think you can't usually hear a heartbeat until about 16 weeks. I think you will probably be offered a scan at about 12 weeks, but as I didn't have any scans with my 2nd two, who were born in Switzerland, I don't really know what is the norm here.
I have heard that gynes usually do far more scans here than are really necessary so watch out for that. And you can have all your antenatal appointments with a midwife (which is coverd by the basic insurance) in your own home if you want to.

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Hello all.
Ness - congrats on twins!!
I've just discovered that I'm pregnant and live near Morges/Lausanne. I've just booked an appointment with a gynie in Morges, but he won't see me before I'm 8 weeks. Is that normal? Does anyone know if they do a scan or listen for the heartbeat at that point? Is that why they wait so long?
Sorry if this is an uterly daft question! It's my first time!
My OB/GYN in the Zurich area didn't want to see me till I was 8 weeks and I think it is very normal. They did a vaginal ultrasound on me and checked the heartbeat. Also I received a pap smear. Congrats on your pregnancy! It is very exciting!
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

Hmmmm. Interesting. I spoke to my insurance company (Avanex), which is a basic policy, first thing this morning who suggested I book straight to see a gynie. I've also tried to see a doctor, but the receptionist said there was no need for an appointment before my first meeting with the gynie unless there was something wrong with me. Guess I'll just have to wait and see really. :L
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Hello all.
Ness - congrats on twins!!
I've just discovered that I'm pregnant and live near Morges/Lausanne. I've just booked an appointment with a gynie in Morges, but he won't see me before I'm 8 weeks. Is that normal? Does anyone know if they do a scan or listen for the heartbeat at that point? Is that why they wait so long?
Sorry if this is an uterly daft question! It's my first time!
You can see the heartbeat from as early as 6 weeks (even 5.5 sometimes) - just over one week after you confirm pregnancy. Amazing!

Most doctors won't do a scan at 8 weeks unless you have spotting, previous miscarriage, aren't sure of LMP date or a history of multiple births in your family (we have triplets in our family and they missed one until they heard a 3rd heartbeat ).

They wait so long because many get the dates wrong and it is terrible when they can't see the heartbeat just because you are a couple of weeks off. Why get you worried for nothing?

Insurance will only pay for 3 scans for a normal pregnancy - but if the doctor says that you need them you will be covered.
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

Cool - it will be very exciting to hear the heartbeat if that is going to be the same. Yeah, it's very exciting, but also a little terrifying. Luckily, I've got some books in English already so I'm not completely in the dark.
Did your OB/GYN then start the whole process re mid-wives, hospitals ect?
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Cool - it will be very exciting to hear the heartbeat if that is going to be the same. Yeah, it's very exciting, but also a little terrifying. Luckily, I've got some books in English already so I'm not completely in the dark.
Did your OB/GYN then start the whole process re mid-wives, hospitals ect?
Your doctor will normally work at a particular hospital. To change hospital you might need to change doctor. My doctor works along side a midwife who I saw under shared care between them. A midwife team works at the hospital of your choice and you get introduced at 36 weeks when you tell them your wishes.
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Re: Birth experience in Swiss hospitals/clinics -advice/tips/stories?

I found the gynie through the local hospital's website so hopefully it should be quite seemless. I don't get to choose hospital with my insurance so fingers crossed this was the right way forward. Is there anything else I need to think of do you know (other than eating/drinking right and reading as much stuff as I can) or should I just sit tight for that first gynie meeting?
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I found the gynie through the local hospital's website so hopefully it should be quite seemless. I don't get to choose hospital with my insurance so fingers crossed this was the right way forward. Is there anything else I need to think of do you know (other than eating/drinking right and reading as much stuff as I can) or should I just sit tight for that first gynie meeting?
On the basic insurance you can choose any hospital/clinic in your Kanton of residence, but you might have to pay for an upgrade.
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I found the gynie through the local hospital's website so hopefully it should be quite seemless. I don't get to choose hospital with my insurance so fingers crossed this was the right way forward. Is there anything else I need to think of do you know (other than eating/drinking right and reading as much stuff as I can) or should I just sit tight for that first gynie meeting?
I arrived here in Switzerland when I was four months pregnant. I found a ob/gyn from a recommendation of one of my husband's work colleagues. I checked out the hospitals he was affiliated with and I also checked CHUV and Morges. All were happy to show me around their facilities. You really can't go wrong wherever you choose to go.

I noticed that the private clinic, La Source, were advertising that they were only charging the basic insurance rate (as opposed to having to pay for the upgrade).

In the end, I really like my obstetrician and wanted him at the birth so went with one of the hospital's he works at.

Good luck. Exciting times for you!
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I found the gynie through the local hospital's website so hopefully it should be quite seemless. I don't get to choose hospital with my insurance so fingers crossed this was the right way forward. Is there anything else I need to think of do you know (other than eating/drinking right and reading as much stuff as I can) or should I just sit tight for that first gynie meeting?
Are you taking folic acid/general pregnancy vitamin supplement? It is recommended that you take this esp in the very early days. I think insurance will pay for this too so keep receipts.

Generally your body will tell you what you can/can't do. There are certain foods that they recommend you avoid during pregnancy but you probably know about those already.
Read whatever you can get your hands on and if you feel strongly about something then be prepared to stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

You can also opt for a home birth if you want. The research says it is just as safe if not safer than hospital birth. You don't have to travel anywhere when you are in labour and no travelling immediately after birth as you are already at home in bed. Women feel more relaxed in familiar surroundings too and no chance of strangers popping in and out of your room. You can also give birth in a Geburtshaus which is run by midwives if you want something in between hospital and home. But ultimately you have to choose the place you will feel most relaxed/happy to give birth in.

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