In the maternity ward

Congratulations, you’ve had a baby! You are entering a new stage of life during which you will get to know yourself better.

At birth and during your stay in the maternity ward, your baby will undergo various examinations and medical check-ups to make sure the baby is in good health.

The baby's weight

A newborn baby may lose up to 10% of its birth weight, which is normal. In the following weeks, the baby gradually regains weight and continues to grow. This development is subject to regular monitoring.

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.

Financial aspects

Coverage of costs associated with pregnancy

Pregnant women are not required to contribute (excess and deductible) to the costs of maternity-related services. This concerns checkups during and after the pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding support and the care provided to new-born babies in good health as well as the mother’s hospitalization.

Administrative formalitites

Declaration to the registration office

All births must be registered with the Geneva registration office. To help register births, an office is located within the Maternity.

HUG birth registration office : +41 (0)22 372 63 92

The Maternity may also carry out this formality providing you supply all the required documents. An envelope containing all relevant information is given to you at your first appointment.


Vaccination and pregnancy

It is always better to prevent than to treat. Some infectious diseases can be avoided through vaccination. Influenza and whooping cough are particularly dangerous during pregnancy. Vaccination against these two diseases remains possible during the pregnancy and even during the post-partum period. The vaccine is useful as it avoids maternal and fetal complications while preserving your baby’s health up to a few weeks after his/her birth.