Maternity and birth
During a pregnancy, a gynaecologist or midwife will perform regular check-ups. The related costs are covered by your health insurance.
The maternity hospital of Vaud and the Profa Foundation offer confidential and free consultations with a sexual health advisor, a midwife or social worker.
The Pan Milar association offers prenatal preparation courses in several languages thanks to the presence of community interpreters.
For maternal and newborn care, independent midwives in Vaud offer home-based care once you return home from the hospital. Paediatric nurses from the AVASAD and l’Espace prévention offer advice and information during home consultations, post-natal meetings or various workshops/group courses.
For consultation and advice on sexuality, contraception, termination of an unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and STI tests (sexually transmitted infections), and homosexuality, the Profa Foundation's Sexual Health Consultation is available. There are eight regional centres in the canton, you can make an appointment with counsellors and doctors. This service is commonly known as "family planning".