Going through pregnancy in Switzerland can be daunting if you're new to the country, or of course if it's your first baby!
The main choice is between delivering at a public or private hospital, and there are pros and cons to both. Your obstetrician or midwife will be able to discuss the options to work out what is best for you.
Importantly, the midwife you see after the birth is not the same as the antenatal midwife and this needs to be booked early. Some of them speak English. Click here for a list of midwives in the area including for postnatal care.
WHERE TO HAVE YOUR BABY
Here are some recommendations for where you can deliver your baby if you live in Zug. It's not an exhaustive list, but these have been tried and tested by expats in our network:
Holistic centre for pregnant women in Thalwil: Arcus.
To register your baby once they are born, the documentation required can be complex. Once you have decided where you will deliver, find out what is needed for that Canton/Gemeinde. Often, certified copies need to be obtained from your home country e.g birth certificates, marriage certificates. This does vary based on country of origin and birthplace of the unborn baby - so try and find out as early as possible!
Karin WYSS-HAAS Yoga & Pilates
A combination of ante-natal yoga and pilates currently on Thursday evenings.
The classes are in German, but English is spoken if English speaking women are in the group.
MOM IN BALANCE
Weekly outdoor training in Zug, helping you feel fit and energetic throughout your pregnancy.
Agnes is fluent in English and offers pre- and postnatal acupuncture.
Dolores is fluent in English and offers pre- and postnatal acupuncture.
Birth PREPARATION COURSES
Many of the hospitals offer birth preparation courses in English, including Zuger Kantonspital and the Hirslanden Andreasklinik.
OPEN HAND BIRTHING
Karis is a British hypnobirthing instructor who offers an antenatal hypnobirthing course in Zug.
Karien does English birth preparation classes in English, in Buchrain (Luzern), as well as Pilates and yoga.
Here is a website which has doulas listed by location: https://www.doula.ch/de/
The doulas listed below are English speaking
Mary is originally from the USA and has worked all round the world.
Contact : +41 79 863 02 84
In Switzerland postnatal support is generally good and so is breastfeeding support. Having a postnatal midwife is essential as part of this, but if you get into difficulties a lactation consultant may be just what you need.
Postnatal pelvic floor exercise is important and your midwife can help with showing you exercises but if you need further support, a pelvic floor physio should be contacted (covered by your health insurance if referred by your Obstetrician).
Get in contact with us if you have any recommendations to share! Thanks to Kaccey Mayer and the English Speaking Women in Zug Facebook group for helping us compile this page.