Pregnancy and Birth in Geneva

The administrative details you need to know if you are giving birth in Geneva - who to contact and what to expect from the Swiss system...

Once pregnancy is suspected, a woman may go to a Family Planning Centre, a gynaecologist or a general practitioner for blood tests, urine tests and confirmation of pregnancy. The doctor may issue a "maternity notebook" (carnet de maternité) in which all processes of the maternity are logged (this is optional).

Prenatal Classes

Prenatal classes in English covering topics such as pregnancy, labour and postpartum life are available from Arcade Sages Femmes. There is a fee payable.

Obtaining a Birth Certificate

A copy of a birth certificate can be requested by fax, post or email (or in person) at the registry office in the place of birth;

Proof of identity or the family record book (livret de famille) will need to be presented.

Administrative offices

  • Geneva Civil Registrar's Office
    : 37 rue de la Mairie, 1211 Geneva
    Tel. +41 (0)22 418 66 50
    Fax +41 (0)22 418 66 51
    Open: Monday to Friday 08:30 to 11:45 and 13:00 to 16:00
  • Geneva OCP
    : 88 route de Chancy, 1213 Onex
    Open: Monday to Friday 09:00 to 15:30
    Tel: +41 (0)22 546 48 88
    Fax: +41 (0)22 546 48 10

Further information

  • Information on Swiss citizenship from the Swiss government: Click here
  • Geneva Family Planning Centre 
    : 47 Boulevard de la Cluse, 1205 Geneva
    Tel: +41 (0)22 372 55 00
    Fax: +41 (0)22 372 53 15

The Association de parents de jumeaux, triplés et plus, an association for parents of multiple births (twins, triplets etc.) provides assistance for parents of premature children

  • L'Association de parents de jumeaux, triplés et plus
    : 27 route des Cornières, 1241 Puplinges
    Tel: +41 (0)22 439 45 61

The Swiss Association of Doula birth partners, Doula CH has information on the website in German (and some French). Help is available in English on request by email.

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