Midwives

'Natural' Childbirth

I cannot understand why people talk about 'natural' childbirth. Childbirth is natural.
To have to specify it as such really says something about what we have done to the process. You just cannot say, 'Go ahead and do it'. Many women do not know how. You really need to be there by her side and help that person to labour and to do it naturally. Midwives give that control back to the woman. by Shari Conte, Midwife

In Switzerland, we are fortunate to have a high standard of medical care coupled with an outstanding alliance of professional midwives.

Midwives have maintained an important role in the process of birth despite the fact that this process became more technically oriented as women began birthing in hospitals. Regardless of where a woman gives birth, postnatal home visits by a midwife are a great comfort to and reassurance for the new parents.

As defined by Swiss governmental guidelines, health insurance coverage of postnatal midwifery care amounts to ten days (unless prescribed by a doctor for a longer period of time). The number of days spent in hospital is subtracted from the ten days allotted.

If you plan to give birth in a hospital, it is important to arrange for postnatal care with a self-employed midwife well in advance of your expected "due date". Contact and interview midwives in your area at least three months before baby is due. This offers you the opportunity to find a midwife who best 'suits' you, as well as avoiding the risk of the midwife having no space for new clients.

The selected midwife can then schedule her visits (one-to-two hours per day) for the time after you leave hospital. Those of you choosing a home birth or birthing centre will usually be attended by the same midwife for labour, birth and postnatal care.

Contact

SWISS ASSOCIATION OF MIDWIVES

Central Administration, Rosenweg 25C, 3000 Bern 23
Christine Rieben, Yvonne Baumgartner
Tel 031 332 63 40, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.hebamme.ch

Monday - Thursday: 09:00 - 11:00, 14:00 - 16:00
Friday: 09:00 - 11:00

Regional contacts for the association

Aargau 079 344 73 03
Eastern Switzerland 0900 57 27 57
Emmental, Kiesental, Aaretal, Thun 079 652 69 69
Fribourg 0900 900 555
Geneva 022 320 55 22
Neuch√Ętel, Jura 079 280 48 28
Tessin 079 602 26 20
Valais 079 561 81 50
Vaud 079 477 17 17
Zurich 079 430 40 66

Self-employed midwives by canton

Aargau (PDF, 225 KB)
Basel-Land (PDF, 225 KB)
Zug (PDF, 225 KB)
Zurich (PDF, 225 KB)

DID A MIDWIFE ATTEND TO YOU AND YOUR BABY AT HOME AFTER BIRTH?

Can you recommend her to other new parents?
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