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Booking a midwife at short notice
If you were not able to cantact a midwife before the birth, we can arrange one for you at short notice for postnatal care. Tell the nursing statt at the Women's Health Clinic University Hospital Basel or at Bethesda Hospital that you wish to book a midwife. The nursing team will sign you up with Familystart directly. If you gave birth in a different hospital, simply call our helpline.
Of course, you can also search for a midwife yourself at www.baslerhebamme.ch.
The midwife will visit you at home during the first weeks after the birth and provide sensitive and considerate care. She will assist you with feeding and looking after the baby. She can offer advice on breastfeeding and sooting your baby when it cries inconsolably. She knows when to consult a pediatrician and understands what goes on in the minds and hearts of new parents. Additionally, she can provide contacts if you need help with housework (Spitex, meal delivery services).
The costs for home visits are fully covered by the basic health insurance up to 8 weeks after the birth (within reasonable limits).
Helpline 0848 622 622 daily from 08:00–20:00
Do you have an urgent question about the health and care of your baby or about your own well-being? Our midwifes are available to support you 12 hours a day. When required, they will arrange a home visit or refer you to Mother, Father/Parent Counselling or medical providers.
For clients of the Women's Health Clinic University Hospital Basel and Bethesda Hospital, the helpline is free of charge. You pay only the local phone charges.
For all other families from the Basel area, a consultation costs CHF30 for up to 15 minutes (CHF 20 for each additional 10 minutes).
Quality ensures safety
The midwives in our network have several years of experience and hold a professional licence in midwifery from the canton. They are legally required to take continuing education courses on a regular basis.
*Footnote: Home visits can also be made by a qualified perinatal nurse. Perinatal nurses do not have the same medical insurance contracts as midwives. In accordance with cantonal regulations, they can charge patients a separate fee.