What do health insurers pay for?

As a general rule, the costs of antenatal care and natural birth services are covered.

Geburtshaus Zürcher Oberland has held an official service mandate from the Department of Health and has been on the hospital list of the Canton of Zurich since 1 January 2012. If you give birth and spend the postnatal period at the birthing centre, your health insurance will cover the costs along with your canton of residence. These are standard benefits under your basic health insurance. We will obtain the cost guarantee for you once you have registered. If you come to us for the postnatal period after giving birth at home or in hospital, these costs are also covered by your basic health insurance.

Please bear the following in mind:

  • We do not provide any semi-private or private services. However, we do take note of your insurance status in case you are transferred to hospital.
  • Women who live in the canton of Zurich: The costs for you and your child are paid for by your basic health insurance and your canton of residence.
  • Women who live in a neighbouring canton: Many women from other cantons come to the birthing centre, and the invoicing process functions seamlessly. As a rule, the costs are also covered. In some cases, your canton of residence may not bear all the costs due to something known as the “reference tariff”. In our experience, supplementary “whole-of-Switzerland” insurance will cover any differences in costs.
  • Alternative treatments may give rise to additional costs. We will be happy to advise you on this, too.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at

Costs for fathers, children and guests

Costs for the partner

80.– Individual overnight stays
15.– Breakfast
35.– Lunchtime meal
20.– Evening meal
25.– Brunch
35.– Sunday evening meal

Costs for children under 6

5.– Breakfast
5.– Lunchtime meal
5.– Evening meal
5.– Brunch

Costs for children aged 7 or over

10.– Breakfast
12.– Lunchtime meal
10.– Evening meal
15.– Brunch