for an empowered birth experience
Having a baby is one of the biggest life changes you can experience. Knowing what to expect during labor as well as after the baby is born can help ease your mind and help you prepare. Learn what your options are here in Switzerland and what resources are available to you.
Topics covered include pregnancy, anatomy, hormones, stages of labor, and pain management. The class also covers postpartum issues such as healing postpartum, postpartum mood disorders, relationship after baby, breastfeeding, and babywearing.
Research shows that women who have attended antenatal classes cope far better with the labor process than those who haven’t.
Ideally we would recommend course participation between the 26th and 36th week of pregnancy.
antenatal class topics
Anatomy of pregnancy
Stages of labor as experienced by the mother
How to recognize the onset of labor
Pain management techniques (medical and natural)
Postpartum: physical and mental changes
Babywearing (if time allows)
what you’ll get
Handouts about the stages of labor, types of contractions (including when to go to the hospital), tips for the support person, how to ease labor pain naturally, and a decision-making guide
Activity sheets to complete during class
Birth Preferences Sheet in English with German translations for your care provider
Postpartum Plan where you can fill in support people and important contacts
A Natural Pain Relief Checklist with 16 beautifully illustrated labor positions to try out at home
dates & registration
My classes are offered regularly through the Hebammenpraxis Zürich, Nordstrasse 108, 8037 Zürich. Basic insurance will cover 150.- of the cost. For specific course dates please see below. Registration is through the Hebammenpraxis website.
If you would prefer a private class in person, contact me. The cost for a private class is 360 CHF and takes approximately 3 hours.
online course option
My new Childbirth Education Online Course contains much of the same material as the in-person classes in a convenient, go-at-your-own-pace format.
If you’re near Zurich, pair this with my “Comfort Measures for Labor” class for live, hands-on exercises to use during labor.
frequently asked questions
Is the class for couples or just moms?
The class is intended for couples. I will teach you some comfort measures that you and your partner can use during pregnancy and early labor as well as later stages when you’ve arrived at your birth place. If you don’t have a partner or they can’t make it, you are still very welcome to come alone.
The classes posted on the Hebammenpraxis website are full, what can I do?
I am having a cesarean, is this class still relevant?
If you are having a planned cesarean it can still be useful for you to learn about labor so that you know the signs of early labor and what to expect if you go into labor before your cesarean. The class also covers cesarean births including various options and considerations to ask your care provider about in advance. A large portion of the class covers postpartum topics such as mental health, physical recovery, relationships after baby, and breastfeeding which are all very relevant no matter how your baby arrives.
Is the class covered by my insurance?
Grundversicherung should cover 150.- of a childbirth class. You will receive a signed paper you can send in to your insurance to get reimbursed. Depending on what additional insurance you have, more of the class may be covered. If you’re not sure, contact your insurance provider.
Great class packed with lots of information. Christine makes you feel really comfortable and not afraid to ask all the silly questions. I also loved the affirmation cards, very thoughtful 🙂
Christine has the magical power to make you feel calm, safe and knowledgeable even though you are going through pregnancy for the first time. Highly recommend!
Whether you have read every baby-book there is, or have chosen to stay blissfully naive, the Antenatal crash-course was informative and offered a welcoming space to ask questions, talk to other expecting parents, and it provided many new topics to discuss/consider later regarding your birth-plan.
Highly recommend Christine! She was very hands-on and delivered the class in an easily digestible manner.
Amazing course for first time parents. Christine gave us loads of useful information and tips for us to be able to take the best decisions for ourselves and baby. She gives very objective information, so it’s then up to us to decide. Highly recommend her course for first time parents!
We did a Antenatal Class with Christine and we loved it. We got a lot of useful knowledge and feel well prepared for what will come.
I can recommend the antenatal crash-course with Christine. We have recapped some of the basics and learned some new tips especially on contractions pain relief techniques and also the new reality of life with newborn. The course was well structured, had natural flow and all questions I had in my mind were answered.
Christine’s antenatal class was professional and also empowering for woman and their partners. She shared a good knowledge of the topic and answered individually to all questions.
Christine did a great job leading the course, which was a lot of info packed into a shorter amount of time. Great take-home materials and I loved the affirmation cards. Also nice to have a smaller class size for questions.