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Re: Natural delivery in Zurich: Zollikerberg vs Bethanien vs Hirschlanden

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The prize is the baby.

But I would say Hirschlanden is great for giving birth the way OP plans to. If more complicated pregnancy etc - Zurich University Hospital.

All she needs is to keep an open mind....IMHO. She'd be no less of a mother if she'd have a C-section.
I spoke to these hospitals actually (to whoever answered the phone ) and Hirslanden seems to cater most to my wishes.

Zollikerberg seems a bit overwhelmed, where things may work out well but apparently they can be quite busy on some days and then you may get less attention from the midwives than otherwise.

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Normally I would prefer a doctor-midwife team that works together but seems it is not common in Switzerland. I am still intrigued by the extent of what the midwife does in Switzerland. Obviously she should lead most of the delivery but does she also help for example with pain management and if yes to what extent?

My concern with the doctor is that (unless there is a risky situation which is not very likely but if happens crucial) she/he does not do things I do not want, i.e. to let the delivery be as natural as possible and not do other things unless really necessary.
To the best of my knowledge, that‘s exactly how they do it in public hospitals here. All of them employ whole teams of midwives and they call the docs when necessary. I‘m wary of private hospitals because they have more incentives than the public ones for doing more than strictly necessary. Also, most of the private ones don’t have a neonatal ICU. I gave birth at Triemli and was glad I did - ended up having an emergency C-section. Then again, you‘re probably younger than I was then
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Re: Natural delivery in Zurich: Zollikerberg vs Bethanien vs Hirschlanden

I generally don't like hospitals and elected for a home birth with two midwives. It was a very quick birth and things couldn't have gone better. My primary midwife brought a huge toolbox of stuff in case there were any problems. The midwife did most of the prenatal care, but I did see a gynecologist for some scans and bloodwork.
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Re: Natural delivery in Zurich: Zollikerberg vs Bethanien vs Hirschlanden

To give some feedback:

I decided for Klinik im Park. It was overall a good experience. Lasted longer than expected but as opposed to some suggestions here I found it very useful to know what which detail means and what I want. I guess people are different and some prefer to know less, but that's not me. Knowing more made me more comfortable making choices and less stressed about them.

Overall I was very happy with my doctor who I had chosen in advance.

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midwives - mine was very good despite being very young and new on job. But as we had spent there more than a day, I could see that some midwives were better, some less interested. Honestly they did not do much of "advertised" things to help up. It also happened that the first day was somewhat busy and midwives could not devote much of their attention. It is good but not the level of service you'd get in some private hospitals in other countries.

occupancy - The day of the delivery was calmer and could take things easily. Even had a shower after the delivery in the delivery room, it was so relaxed hotelier part was fool during our stay. pre-delivery room is somewhat small, difficult to fit in an extra bed for the accompanying person...)

food - most is not organic but is of good quality for non-organic. fruits were of poor taste though...

nurses in daycare - most good, again depends. I found it useful to stay longer as each nurse gives a different advice. Some of the advices were actually wrong but you can see what works and pick useful advices and what suits you. Be aware that not all they say has to be true/correct/useful (for example one nurse was suggesting I was not having enough milk while it was plenty). See what works for you. Two things they did not say straightfwd but was very useful: (1) you can arrange a meeting with a nursing consultant, (2) laser therapy for nipples they do for free/2 times a day, very helpful (some home midwives also do it, may worth considering whom to choose for later on)

At a similar time a friend had a delivery at Zollikerberg with similar but more complications to what I had. It sounded they did a good job as well. It was on standard insurance.

Additional advice: for choosing a midwife for later I'd pick someone with an international breastfeeding certificate
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