Pregnancy is an exciting time for all couples. In the Obstetrics Department at the Bethanien hospital, couples can prepare themselves well for pregnancy, but also for the birth and the time afterwards. The wide range of courses vary from post-natal yoga to breastfeeding advice and baby massage.

Are you considering giving birth to your child at Privatklinik Bethanien and would like to find out more about what we have to offer? Then visit one of our information evenings for expectant parents. They take place on the first Monday of every month. You can find all the information and the registration form here.

Birth preparation for couples

In this course, couples have the opportunity to experience the pregnancy together, prepare for the birth and prepare for their new role as parents.

We recommend that you start around the 30nd week of pregnancy with the course. In addition to our German language courses we also offer courses in English.

Course content

You will receive detailed information about your pregnancy and childbirth.

You will learn breathing and relaxation exercises and gain confidence in your own ability to give birth.

Your partner (or chaperone) can prepare for the role they will play during the birth and the first 24 hours with the child.

As a «pregnant couple», they can consciously take time for each other.


Comfortable clothing and warm socks

Registration for courses in German


+41 (0)44 512 12 90

Registration form


CHF 390 per couple (or expectant mother and chaperone)

(If cancelled during the last seven days before the start of the course, a cancellation fee of 50 % of the course fee will be charged.)

Course times

Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 19:30 p.m.

Course location

Privatklinik Bethanien
Toblerstrasse 51
8044 Zürich

Dates 2023 / 2024

09 December 2023   

20 January 2024 
09 March 2024
20 April 2024
01 June 2024
13 July 2024
17 August 2024 
28 September 2024 
09 November 2024
14 December 2024

Birth preparation for a planned caesarean section

This course gives you the opportunity to prepare for your caesarean section from the 30th week of pregnancy. You will receive helpful information, for example, on the preparation and procedure for a planned caesarean section, the role of your partner, the first days in the puerperium after the caesarean section and feeding the baby.

Course times
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (including a coffee break and a tour of the maternity ward)

Privatklinik Bethanien

CHF 170.- per couple
CHF 100.- single person

Number of participants
Max. 10 persons (5 couples)

Course dates
Wednesday, 06 December 2023
Wednesday, 10 January 2024
Wednesday, 07 February 2024
Wednesday, 06 March 2024
Wednesday, 03 April 2024
Wednesday, 08 May 2024
Wednesday, 05 June 2024
Wednesday, 03 July 2024
Wednesday, 07 August 2024
Wednesday, 04 September 2024
Wednesday, 02 October 2024
Wednesday, 06 November 2024
Wednesday, 04 December 2024

Registration form

Course dates for courses in English

We also offer a course for English speaking parents:

Instructor: Kiely Schenkel, Australian midwife
Costs: CHF 450 per couple (or expectant mother and chaperone)
Times: Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

Course dates for courses in English:

January 13th and 14th
February 24th and 25th
April 13th and 14th
June 8th and 9th
July 6th and 7th
August 24th and 25th
October 5th and 6th 
November 2nd and 3rd
December 7th and 8th

Please contact:


Pre-natal acupuncture

Pre-natal acupuncture is suitable for all healthy pregnant women in order to shorten the duration of birth by an average of about two hours (statistically proven in first-born babies by a study by the University Hospital Mannheim).

Acupuncture causes the cervix to mature. You start from the 37th week of pregnancy with this birth-preparation measure.

Acupuncture is not possible with multiple pregnancies (twins) or if the baby is breech.

In the case of complications during pregnancy or pre-existing conditions, acupuncture is only possible after consulting and with the consent of the treating physician. Three to max. five sessions per week are recommended.

Course instructor

Midwife at Privatklinik Bethanien

Course data

The acupuncture consultation takes place every Thursday. Only the date for the first meeting will be allocated. All other appointments will be arranged with you from meeting to meeting.

Course location

Privatklinik Bethanien, Toblerstrasse 51, 8044 Zurich
(Please report to reception.)


Appointments are made max. two weeks in advance. Please register under:

+41 (0)43 268 72 72


Costs per meeting CHF 60

The costs are covered only in part or not at all by the health insurers. Please check with your health insurer.


Breastfeeding advice

During pregnancy, in the postnatal period and on an outpatient basis after discharge from the hospital, we offer support to help you overcome any difficulties with breastfeeding. Professional and personal support can be just as important when deciding not to breastfeed or during the breastfeeding phase. What options does breastfeeding advice offer you?

  • If you have any questions about your child’s nutrition, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • In a one-on-one discussion, you have the opportunity to analyse your situation.
  • Do you want to breastfeed? Or not? In both cases, we will support you with our expertise.
  • You can contact us during your pregnancy if you have any questions or if you have had a negative experience of breastfeeding with your first child.
  • We can advise you on low-level laser therapy.

Course instructor

Nursing and lactation consultants

Consultancy fee

According to the KVG tariff; your health insurer will cover the first three consultations

Course location

Privatklinik Bethanien, Toblerstrasse 51, 8044 Zurich


+41 (0)43 268 71 10


Baby massage

The baby massage is communication with all senses. Children who are massaged feel comfortable in their skin. The massage can help the child to orient themselves through their skin because it is our largest sensory organ. Through skin stimuli such as warmth, cold and touch, the baby learns to perceive its surroundings. Intensive attention and physical contact make babies more open-minded and mentally alert, lead to inner stability and can counteract abdominal colic, sleep problems and susceptibility to infection.

The respiratory organs are stimulated, breathing is deepened, mucus is dissolved.

In this course, you will learn how to massage your baby under expert guidance. The baby massage is suitable for babies from birth to crawling age.

Below you will find impressions of the baby massage.

Course instructor

Amela Haralcic and Nurdan Hayta, Maternity Ward, Privatklinik Bethanien

What to bring with you

  • Large towel
  • Massage oil
  • Nappies

Course times

Amela Haralcic: Every Thursday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 (except on public holidays)
Nurdan Hayta: Every Wednesday evening from 18:45 to 19:45 (except on public holidays)


Registration form

Course duration

One course consists of four lessons (each 60 minutes)


CHF 290

Course location

Privatklinik Bethanien
Toblerstrasse 51
8044 Zürich

Course dates 2023

07.12.- 28.12., 11:00 - 12:00 - Amela Haralcic

Course dates 2024

10.01.-31.01., 18:45 bis 19:45 Uhr - Nurdan Hayta
07.02.-28.02., 18:45 bis 19:45 Uhr - Nurdan Hayta
07.03.-28.03., 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr - Amela Haralcic
03.04.-24.04., 18:45 bis 19:45 Uhr - Nurdan Hayta
02.05.-30.05., 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr - Amela Haralcic
05.06.-26.06., 18:45 bis 19:45 Uhr - Nurdan Hayta
03.07.-24.07., 18:45 bis 19:45 Uhr - Nurdan Hayta
08.08.-29.08., 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr - Amela Haralcic
05.09.-26.09., 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr - Amela Haralcic
09.10.-30.10., 18:45 bis 19:45 Uhr - Nurdan Hayta
07.11.-28.11, 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr - Amela Haralcic
05.12.-26.12., 11:00 bis 12:00 Uhr - Amela Haralcic

Baby massage course at Private Clinic Bethanien