After a cesarean section

You gave birth by caesarean section. After the caesarean section, you will be transferred to intermediate care for close observation. Your baby will accompany you for breastfeeding and so it can be near you (unless the baby’s state of health requires special monitoring in neonatology). If the check-ups turn out to be normal, you will be transferred a few hours later with your baby to your postpartum room.

Duration of stay

Your stay will usually be 2 to 3 days following a vaginal delivery and 4 to 5 days after a caesarean section. It depends on your state of health and that of your child. Following a delivery without complications, you may be able to return home after only 48 hours.

In the case of an outpatient birth without complications, you can return home a few hours after the birth of your baby, with the appropriate help and support at home of an independent midwife.

Sécurité et bien-être de la femme et de l'enfant sont les maîtres-mots qui vont accompagner le déroulement de l'accouchement à la maternité des Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève

Lors d'un accouchement, la péridurale est une technique d’anesthésie qui vise à atténuer, voire abolir, les sensations douloureuses des contractions. Cette vidéo s’adresse aux femmes enceintes qui souhaitent s’informer sur cette technique et sa mise en place.



Mission of the Obstetrics Division

The Obstetrics Division of the HUG, headed by Professor Olivier Irion, is the largest Maternity in Switzerland.  A total of 4,129 babies were born there in 2014.  

Its mission is to:

  • Provide care for pregnant women starting when their pregnancy is diagnosed until delivery (including by Caesarian section), as well as during the post-partum period.
  • Monitor normal and at-risk pregnancies, including ultrasound scans and prenatal diagnostics.
  • Perform therapeutic abortions at gestational ages of over 12 weeks.
  • Provide fetal care services (monitoring, diagnosis, intra-uterine treatment).
  • Receive women and couples with maximum comfort and safety, respecting the privacy and values of everyone.  

Patients can be admitted or followed-up as outpatients.

In the latter case, they are given a referral consultation by their regular physician. 

UNICEF has certified the HUG Maternity as a “breastfeeding support” institution, and it is committed to promoting breastfeeding by mothers.






The Obstetrics Division also provides teaching to OBGYN specialists and contributes to the training of medical students.

On a day-to-day basis, the division promotes teamwork between midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists and anesthetists to ensure safety and a humane environment.

The priority given to physiology is a clear commitment to efforts to prevent medical risks and support parents in problematic medical, psychological and social situations.

Read the message from Professor Irion (FR), Head of the Obstetrics Division