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Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

Hi all, I wonder, what was the most difficult when getting ready for a birth here in Switzerland? What did most surprise you? What should I care about?
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

..I never gave birth, however generally speaking, I would suggest that you watch the last series of Grey's Anatomy and always shoot for the middle. Good luck and much success in all your endeavors.
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

I gave birth here in Switzerland two weeks ago and had an extremely positive experience with the doctor, midwife, and hospital. In advance it can be helpful to identify a midwife who can visit you at home after the birth through Family Start or similar. You should also think about what you want for delivery - water birth? epidural? so you are ready with an answer when the hospital asks. And, also good to understand the benefits under your insurance policy related to birth because you won't have energy to look into it later!
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

Get your paperwork in order for registering the birth, obtaining the passport and whatever else you need for your home country. With our first baby we ran into a small problem that could be only be resolved at the embassy. So I went with our 2 week old kid. It wasn't the end of the world but I would have rather stayed home that day then deal with the embassy.
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Hi all, I wonder, what was the most difficult when getting ready for a birth here in Switzerland? What did most surprise you? What should I care about?
There are a lot of threads already about this; please have a look using the search function at top right corner of the screen.
To get you started this one by Helm is probably the best as she's kindly gathered together a ton of useful information and tried to cover most aspects of pregnancy and childbirth here.
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

Hi Angela

Thank you for the info, I read most of them and also the one from Helm already few months ago. And I find it very useful. Still I was interested in these little things people find out just after and can surprise them.

That was the reason for my tread.
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

Hi Hana, what exactly are you looking for? Things that surprised in terms of the birth itself? Medical care? Insurance? Bureaucracy?

Your question is a little too general and difficult to pin point.
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Hi Angela

Thank you for the info, I read most of them and also the one from Helm already few months ago. And I find it very useful. Still I was interested in these little things people find out just after and can surprise them.

That was the reason for my tread.
I gave birth at the Hirslanden hospital in Zurich and was surprised by the posh changing bag you get there.

Another nice surprise was the experience itself. The maternity facilities were really nice, quiet and everyone was very helpful and reassuring.

The not-so-fab surprise was the unsolicited visitors after the birth after we had been home for less than a week who came to flog us some kind of insurance or savings plan, which was apparently standard procedure here. Unsolicited stuff like that gets on my t*ts normally so I was non-too-polite to the two suits that were stood on my doorstep when I was trying to get a newborn down to nap and get myself a shower.

Oh, and you get loads of freebies in the post in the week or so after the birth. (Clearly, I am easily pleased... )
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

Like a walk in the park one would suggest. After all, it's been going on for centuries.
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

If you want an epidural, don't wait until it is too late (but that isn't specific to Switzerland).
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

It is helpful to pre-book the midwife or "hebamme" of your choice well in advance:

https://www.hebammensuche.ch/
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

How far in advance was your hospital visit? My gynocologist said she would send our information to the hospital and they will invite us for an information visit... but I'm already 32 weeks pregnant and getting anxious!
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Re: Preparing for a birth in Switzerland

I would call the hospital and ask them when the info evening is. I had my youngest at the Birthing house, Bauma (back then it was in Wald) https://geburtshaus-zho.ch
Beautiful experience. I started going to the Midwives from the 30 week for check ups. They were all so kind and motherly. I wouldnt have asked for more. Plus there is only 1 Midwife that stays with you throughout the birth you can have her to do your home visits as well.
If you are planning a natural birth, i found the book The Bradley method very helpful, every chapter has a part for the father too!

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