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Old 30.01.2021, 11:59
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Re: WHERE to go for a drug free birth?? (Vaud)

As mentioned, drug-free is mostly your choice. Unless something too bad is happening the only thing they will insist on is antibiotics in case it is >24h from water breaking to delivery.

I personally had almost drug-free delivery (in Zurich though) - only got antibiotics, concretely penicillin. I had asked in my birth plan to not be offered any drugs. Honestly they did not cross my mind at all during the delivery I could move as I wished. Most of the last 2-3 hours was in water. We tried multiple pushing positions. Trying different ones also allows for baby to position itself better. More than hospital I was happy with my doctor.

What type of insurance do you have? If it is semi-private/private you can choose your doctor. What I did was I called 3 hospitals I was considering, explained what type of a delivery I wanted and asked for doctor recommendation. I looked them up, went for an appointment with 3. I like 2 and very much disliked the third, she was a doctor I definitely did not want. I asked them questions of what they do in what case for whatever mattered for me and tried to understand their attitude and experience. My husband was with me all the time. I had asked my daughter to be given to him once she is born and that is what happened. She was with us all the time for the first 24h. She was in our 4 day stay after the delivery only less than 10 minutes away from me and then my husband accompanied her.

If you don't have semi-private/private insurance you can opt for birth houses but I also know people who had wonderful experiences in public hospitals. There are also friends who did not have such good experiences. I would suggest getting recommendations (as you are doing) but also speaking to hospital stuff to see what is common practice.

Be careful with extra restrictions given the Covid situation. Normally I was considering getting a doula but she could not have been present given covid rules (only +1 and I prefer my husband by far and post-delivery I cannot see what extra she could have brought, no need for too many people around imo and my midwife was very good).

A small downside is there are not many doctors with vast experience in Switzerland. It is difficult to find someone who would know to give safely birth if the baby is coming in a breech position for example. But for most situations there're good doctors.

There's always luck factor left. But be calm, Switzerland is a good place to give birth. I am confident you will find what you are looking for.
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Re: WHERE to go for a drug free birth?? (Vaud)

I had two natural (drug free) births despite being an older mother with a couple of issues; gestational diabetes being one (the other two now forgotten tbh). I am privately insured and chose University Hospital ZŁrich for the very reason mentioned by others, namely I wanted critical care for my baby if required and valued that much more than candlelit dinners which private hospitals offered. My Gynecologist was horrified as he was unable to attend the birth at Unispital and tried to dissuade me. I was very happy with my choice, it felt personal and my wishes were honoured and respected. I stayed for the minimum time possible and actually intended to have an ambulant birth the second time, but my son was taken into the special care baby unit for a few hours which precluded that but underlined that my choice of hospital was the right one. As others have said CH is a good place to give birth and even the most traditional medical expertise hospitals will accommodate your preferences. All the best.
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I just think some women feel they should have a "natural birth" as some sort of thing they should/need to do to be a good parent etc etc.
Agreed. I took all the drugs offered. But I was at it for quite some time.
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Re: WHERE to go for a drug free birth?? (Vaud)

I am so glad the OP has been given the information she was looking for, and will be able to make her choice.
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Old 31.01.2021, 12:32
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Agreed. I took all the drugs offered. But I was at it for quite some time.
Yep. Although I was adamant that I didnít want an epidural if at all possible as I was shit scared of them I didnít rule it out as an option.
I think a woman needs to open to all options as births very often donít go according to pre-formed plans.
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Yep. Although I was adamant that I didnít want an epidural if at all possible as I was shit scared of them I didnít rule it out as an option.
I think a woman needs to open to all options as births very often donít go according to pre-formed plans.
started another thread to discuss childbirth, expectations and reality.
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Does that mean a midwife in private practice is allowed to deliver her patient at a local hospital? Is there such a thing as 'admitting privileges'? .
Many hospitals and clinics have their own set of midwives that can offer you classes or birth preparation. Additionally, there are private or individual midwives that you can use, some are independent, others work as a group or organisation of widwives. I think any of these would be able to prepare you for birth and follow you at the hospital. But best to check with your obgyn and the hospital itself. Basically the obgyn pulls the weight here, they have admitting privileges at several hospitals. Which hospital will depend on your Dr and insurance company.
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And some women want a totally (unmedicated) natural child birth and end-up by having a C-section....a thing like that can change one's perspective the second time around. But I admire those who do. It's worth it.
That was my poor hippie mom... 26 hours and I wouldn't budge, hard to get me out of my cosy nook from the very beginning.
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Hello everyone! I am new to the forum and to Switzerland. Currently in the process of moving to Nyon, and pregnant (first trimester) with baby #2. I am trying to find a hospital, clinic, or birth center that focuses on drug-free birthing and lets me move around and push in any position during labor (not laying down!). I also want my husband to stay in the room with me and baby after birth, and NOT go home. From reading this on this focus, it seems like most hospitals do not allow that. Am I correct? What is the best option for birth in Geneva or Lausanne (assuming good insurance)? I am healthy overall, but would not comfortable with a home birth. I definitely prefer to be in a clinical setting, but also have freedom to push and want my husband around.

Any advice appreciated. Thank you to all!!!

Hi Citykid,
Congratulations!!!! I really found here there is a lot of supoprt for a drug free birth. Just communicate your birth plan to your doctor. The hospital will let you visit in the 3rd trimester and you can share your birth plan with them then as well. In normal times (ie not Covid) your partner can be there the whole time. Best of luck.
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Re: WHERE to go for a drug free birth?? (Vaud)

Just keep in mind that a birth plan is just that. Sometimes things go according to plan, and other times, for a myriad of reasons- it just doesn't. Bonne chance.
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Re: WHERE to go for a drug free birth?? (Vaud)

It's possible just about anywhere in Switzerland. Nyon even has facilities in their maternity ward for water births which my sister in law did twice, both without epidurals

I would say, anecdotally, Nyon has historically had a higher number of 'emergency' c-sections and epidurals (That may have improved of late due to complaints) than say the hospital in Morges which has a great reputation for births (Where we had our 2nd child, without drugs). But as others have said, you can plan all you like but things can change - best to visit and get a feel for their approach and then ask the right questions
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Re: WHERE to go for a drug free birth?? (Vaud)

to help OP, do could you ask your sil if she knows of any of the midwives that do speak English?
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to help OP, do could you ask your sil if she knows of any of the midwives that do speak English?
Yes, that would be helpful! I assume at the larger hospitals there is someone on staff who knows English, but I'm not sure that's the case at local ones or at the birth houses. I actually found this place in Geneva which seems lovely and is right across from HUG. https://www.maisondenaissancelaroseraie.ch
If anyone has experience there, please let me know! (Note: I am at a A2 French level for speaking).

And thanks everyone for all your suggestions. I will also look at the Morges hospital as was mentioned above just now.
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Yes, . I actually found this place in Geneva which seems lovely and is right across from HUG. https://www.maisondenaissancelaroseraie.ch
If anyone has experience there, please let me know! (Note: I am at a A2 French level for speaking).

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Not familiar with that place, but I used this one, which is quite close as well. It is an association of midwives that follow you and also give classes. I don't know if they have a birthing center.
http://www.arcade-sages-femmes.ch/
It was many years ago but there was one midwife who spoke English and gave classes in English. I note their website is now trilingual so assume there is more than one English speaking midwife by now.
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