Other useful services and websites
Obstetric emergency - Emergency for pregnant women
List of birthing centres in Switzerland
List of midwives in Geneva
Pregnancy support and midwives in Geneva, Arcades Sages-Femmes
Midwives of the Arcade accompany you on the path of parenting, from the beginning of your pregnancy to the first steps of your child (information, pregnancy follow-up, birth preparation, advice, loan of books, support groups before and after birth) ...
They welcome you to their premises (free and without appointment) on Mondays from 14h to 20h (from 17h especially dedicated to information around pregnancy); Tuesday to Friday from 14h to 17h and Saturday morning from 9h to 12h *
Support programme at HUG - Global accompaniment
The HUG Maternity offers a comprehensive support programme to future mothers presenting no obstetrical risk in particular. The aim is to establish a close and trusted relationship with members of the medical team. From your first appointment to the moment you go back home, you are under the care of a group of midwives. A referent midwife is assigned to you. You will, therefore, be in a familiar environment, conducive to reduce apprehensions related to childbirth. This service is only for women who have no complications during pregnancy.
The midwives who are part of the comprehensive support programme are available 24/7.
Team of midwives contact: 079 553 50 86
To make an appointment: 022 372 44 00
Birth Plan discussion at HUG
The HUG Maternity provides you with the option to lay down in writing your wishes and expectations for the birth of your child. On the day, every effort is made to respect your wishes. But, changes to the birth plan sometimes occur for your safety and that of your child. The team of midwives remains available for a one-to-one consulta- tion throughout the pregnancy.
To book a birth plan appointment: 022 372 44 00
Booklet about pregnancy and childbirth from the HUG
Providing independent support and information on maternity and birth choices.
Evidence Based Birth
Their mission is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, empowered choices.
Registration of birth
Registration office - Rue de la Mairie 37, 1211 Geneva
registrations of births telephone number: 0041 22 418 66 31
acknowledgement of paternity telephone: 0041 22 418 66 32
You have given birth
Guide to the birth and your return home booklet written by HUG. Everything you need to know about the first few days when coming home which baby.
The birth and adoption allowance
The birth and adoption allowance is a family allowance benefit which is a one-off payment to parents when a child is born or adopted.
Geneva has decided to grant this allowance to persons who are gainfully employed in the canton or who reside there. Whether for a birth or an adoption, it is always a one-off payment of CHF 2,000 and CHF 3,000 for the third and subsequent children.
Newborn screening test
Guide to the Newborn screening test (also known under the name Guthrie test), is a blood test your baby will have done on the 3rd or 4th day of his life.
Breastfeeding support La Leche League
Contact a paediatrician
Contact your child’s future paediatrician as early as the end of the second trimester. When your child is born, book an appointment as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first month.
To find a paediatrician: www.amge.ch
If you work and plan on having your child looked after at the end of your maternity leave? Nurseries and day-care centres are very much sought after. It is recommend that you start registration formalities as early as possible (ideally after your 12 weeks scan). To enrol, contact your local council.
If you reside in Geneva:Geneva Infant Information Bureau (BIPE - Bureau d’Information Petite Enfance)
BIPE Geneva City: www.ville-geneve.ch/plan-ville/institutions-petite-enfance/ bureau-information-petite-enfance/
Day-care centres: www.accueilfamilial-geneve.ch/d1/
Is your child ill or is your usual childcare system (parent, nursery) not working? Do you have to go away unexpectedly? Le Chaperon Rouge takes over.
The guards ensure rapid interventions and are hired on an hourly basis and on demand. They are experienced, trained and employed by the Geneva Red Cross, which guarantees their skills. The missions at home, from 3 hours to several days, take place during the day.
The Chaperon Rouge service also offers childcare when the childcare method (nannies or parents) is not available, even if the child is in good health, for a short period of time. Chaperon Rouge childcare also intervenes when parents are ill. Fee is only 10 CHF per hour.
Baby sitting service by student midwives
Day, evening and night affordable baby sitting by student midwives in the first few months after birth.
Marry Poppins - 022 Familles
Alternative solution for childcare if you cannot find a space in crèche in Geneva. 022 Families, in collaboration with the Cantonal Employment Office, offers families an alternative solution for home-based childcare. A concrete solution for about 180 families per year.
Dr Tatiana Giraud
Gynaecologist who specialises in breastfeeding
Dr Alexanra Hillairet
Gynaecologist who specialises in perineal pain after birth
Centre médical gare Cornavin
7 Place Cornavin
Dr Agnés Dahl Farhoumad
Paediatrician in Geneva recommended by many parents
Cabinet de pédiatrie Rue Pedro-Meylan 1 Genève
Rue Pedro-Meylan 1
One of the very few midwives in Geneva who does home births.
+41 76 775 53 05
Doula and reflexologist
Lu is a personal trainer, specialised in pre and post natal fitness. English is her maternal language.
Fit Pregnancy Method
Fit Pregnancy Method is a Pre&Postnatal online workout program based on Pilates&Barre
The programme is divided into trimesters and based on exercises of Pilates, barre, pelvic floor, balance, toning and stretching. There are also specific lessons for back pain, round ligament pain, sciatic nerve, constipation, circulation, etc.
Social Media: instagram @fitpregnancymethod
Squeezy is the multi-award winning app supporting people with their pelvic floor muscle exercise programmes.
Parent-Infant Counselling, psychological counsellor
Physiotherapist who specialises in pelvic floor
Paediatric nurse, health visitor, and parent who specialises in child brain development and infant mental health. Rachel offers Transition to Parenthood Antenatal Courses, Brain-Based Parenting Bootcamp, 1:1 Parenting Coaching, Baby Groups and Parenting Seminars.
Trained Nurse, qualified Baby Sleep and Wellbeing Specialist, and mum of 3 with experience working with families in Switzerland and beyond.
Drugs and breastfeeding
You can check if the medication you are using or are just about to start is safe for breastfeeding.
SuperMamans, a network of volunteers from French-speaking Switzerland, ready to support new mothers after their newcomer (s) arrive with a home-made and healthy meal as well as a discussion time.
BUY & SELL quality second-hand items for your children
Learn to sign with your baby and help them communicate before they speak.
Nadia Oulaby Photography
Nadia is a photographer who specialises in taking pictures of pregnant mums and their partners, labour and the early days with baby.
The HUB Geneva
The HUB has been created to help English-speaking families living and working in the Geneva area to connect locally, and feel that they belong within the local community.
Facebook pages to join:
Breastfeeding mamas in Switzerland
International mothers living in Switzerland
https://www.facebook.com/hm4hbswitz (Human milk for human babies - sharing of breastmilk between mums)
This application will allow you to meet new friends who live close to you during fertility, pregnancy, motherhood and menopause.