The first hours and days after the birth are fulfilling, but also challenging and intense. In addition to processing the birth, new parents are filled with pride, gratitude and joy. But not infrequently they also experience insecurity and exhaustion, which is absolutely normal. Our midwives and nurses are happy to be by your side if needed, but also give you your desired freedom whenever you need it.
After the birth, you will spend the first two or three hours with your newborn in the birthing room. You will be cared for and supervised by our midwives. The baby is usually placed on the mother's chest shortly after birth to stimulate milk production. Breastfeeding a newborn often takes a lot of patience and practice. Sometimes breastfeeding doesn't work right away. Then there is the possibility of pumping off breast milk to stimulate milk production or to spare sensitive nipples a little.
Our nurses are trained in breastfeeding. From Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 15:00 there is also a certified IBLCL breastfeeding counsellor at the hospital who will be happy to answer your questions and support you. If you can't or don't want to breastfeed your child, that's absolutely fine too.
Of course you want to share the joy of having a new baby – your visitors are welcome
The visiting hours for two-bed rooms are from 2:00 to 20:00. Visitors are also welcome to see patients in single rooms at lunchtime or in the evening. You can find the modified visiting rules due to the current Corona situation here.
Your postpartum care
Klinik Hirslanden Zurich is characterised by first-class care, a modern infrastructure and a wide range of offers. Below you will find an overview of our various offers.
Your home for the next few days
After two to three hours, you will be transferred to your room on the postpartum ward. In cosy and comfortable surroundings, you have enough time to give your body a rest and settle into your new life with your baby. On the postpartum ward our nurses will introduce you to infant care. We prepare you optimally for the weeks and months ahead at home.
A modern and cosy setting awaits you on the postpartum ward
At our maternity unit, we offer privately insured patients a spacious single room. It is ideally suited for families who would like to start the new phase of their lives together. No prior registration is necessary.
With semi-private insurance you can also enjoy the privacy of a single room. Here you can find all details of changing insurance classes.
We take care of your culinary well-being
The initial period after giving birth is a beautiful time but also demanding. We offer balanced and healthy meals during your stay. Our hotel service staff will be happy to advise you. Here you can find out more about our hospitality facilities and services (in German).
Our doctors will visit you on a regular basis
To guarantee your health and well-being, the doctor who managed your birth will visit you in your room every day. This doctor is in close contact with the nursing staff and will answer your questions at any time. The paediatrician also visits the maternity ward every day during your stay. Get to know our team.
Our paediatricians look after your baby around the clock
If your newborn needs special medical care or monitoring, our paediatrician and specialist nurses will provide optimal care around the clock, 24 hours a day. We also have paediatricians who specialise in neonatology and intensive care medicine or paediatric surgery specialists. In addition, our paediatricians have training in ultrasound diagnostics.
Monitoring room for newborns
Klinik Hirslanden has a monitoring room for newborns so babies with special requirements can be monitored and supported separately. Our doctors for paediatrics and neonatology can care for newborns from the 35th (0/7) week of pregnancy. Every birth and the development of the newborn baby differ. Babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy are described as being premature. Even when premature babies are perfectly healthy, some show signs of immaturity from being born too early and need our help to get their life off to a good start.
Well-established cooperation with the Children's Hospital Zurich
In the event of serious neonatal issues, such as severe breathing problems, persistent hypoglycaemia, bacterial infections or major malformations which were not known in advance, we refer infants to the Children's Hospital Zurich.
Learn more about our neonatal care.
We are here to help after you leave hospital too
We do not leave you alone with your baby during your first days at home. Initial uncertainties are more the rule than the exception, and we are happy to answer all your questions even after you leave hospital. Contact your midwife, your doctor or our nursing staff at any time.
Outpatient breastfeeding counselling
Our breastfeeding counsellors are also happy to help after your stay in hospital. If you have questions or would like to arrange an appointment, you can reach us from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 15:00 on +41 44 387 33 86. Outside these hours, our nursing staff can always be reached by telephone at +41 44 387 33 80.
Outpatient postpartum care
Some of our midwives offer outpatient postpartum care on a freelance basis. They will visit you and your baby at home and support you with various issues, be they physical or mental challenges. Postpartum care includes blood sampling and weight monitoring of the newborn, monitoring of umbilical healing and involution of the uterus. Your midwife also takes care of wound healing after a Caesarean section, an episiotomy or minor injuries caused by childbirth.
You can find the current list of our freelance midwives in your information pack or you can obtain it on request.
You can find more information about outpatient postpartum care under the following links:
Here you can find more information about our diverse range of courses.