Introducing our practice

We are a team of two: an accredi­ted and ful­ly trai­ned psy­cho­the­ra­pist; and an expe­ri­en­ced, mid­wi­fe, who has also trai­ned other mid­wi­ves, when she lec­tu­red at ZHAW. We com­bi­ne our exper­ti­se, expe­ri­ence and pas­si­on for hel­ping par­ents to be and fami­lies enjoy a bet­ter qua­li­ty of life — to pro­vi­de you with the prac­ti­cal sup­port around birth pre­pa­ra­ti­on, as well as parent-baby coa­ching and psy­cho­lo­gi­cal coun­sel­ling — in a holistic sen­se – both befo­re and after the birth. 

Team Familie entsteht Claudine Haus Isabelle Schmidt
Isa­bel­le Schmid, mid­wi­fe (qua­li­fied mid­wi­fe, i.e. dipl. Heb­am­me) & Clau­di­ne Haus, psy­cho­the­ra­pist (eidg. aner­kann­te Psy­cho­the­ra­peu­tin, i.e. Swiss accredi­ted and trained). 

Services we provide

Birth preparation; individual, or in groups

We can pro­vi­de a birth pre­pa­ra­ti­on (antena­tal cour­se) accord­ing to your needs. We also pro­vi­de cour­ses in hos­pi­tals with in-house birt­hing courses. 

You can choo­se bet­ween a:

  • Basic birth pre­pa­ra­ti­on
  • Birth pre­pa­ra­ti­on com­bi­ned with use­ful cen­te­ring tech­ni­ques
  • Birth and fami­ly pre­pa­ra­ti­on (what to expect in the first pha­se of fami­ly life and how to best mana­ge this). 

Cost: this depends on what you choo­se, and the time involved. 

Plea­se noti­ce that the basic insuran­ce (Grund­ver­si­che­rung) covers 150 CHF of a birth pre­pa­ra­ti­on cour­se. It may be pos­si­ble that a sup­ple­men­ta­ry insuran­ce (Zusatz­ver­si­che­rung) will refund fur­ther costs. 

Parent-baby coaching

Incre­a­sed fus­sing, cry­ing, slee­ping and fee­ding pro­blems can make par­ents feel stres­sed, as well as phy­si­cal­ly and emo­tio­nal­ly exhausted.

What are the aims of this parent-baby coaching?

  • To help you find effec­ti­ve ways to cope with the­se dif­fi­cul­ties, so that you can feel calm and com­for­ta­ble while being around your new baby. This can help you gain ener­gy for your dai­ly routine. 
  • To impro­ve your con­fi­dence and com­pe­tence as a parent. I will sup­port you to be bet­ter able to reco­gni­se and to inter­pret the non-ver­bal signals of your baby — and to help you learn to respond appro­pria­te­ly to them. By doing this, you can learn to deve­lop a healt­hy bond with your baby, important for the well-being of parent and child. 

Stu­dies show that the ear­ly parent-child bon­d­ing pro­cess is very important for the healt­hy deve­lo­p­ment of a child. 

Cos­ts: 120.-/ h. The cos­ts are not cove­r­ed by the insurance.

Psychotherapy for pre-natal & post-natal psychological wellbeing

Each pha­se in the tran­si­ti­on to having a fami­ly can pose spe­ci­fic chal­len­ges. Are­as whe­re coun­sel­ling can help:


  • Con­cerns about beco­m­ing a parent: If you have not had a loving parent, you might have con­cerns about your own abi­li­ty to be a good parent. If you have psy­cho­lo­gi­cal issu­es & being con­cer­ned about how you will cope with the new chal­len­ges in beco­m­ing & being a parent.
  • Not get­ting pregnant: Exhaus­ti­on from dealing with the mon­th­ly ups and downs of hope and disap­point­ment; Dealing with emo­tio­nal side-effects of IVF-treatments. 
  • Pregnan­cy: Expe­ri­en­cing mis­car­ria­ge or still birth, fears of losing the baby during pregnan­cy, anxie­ties con­cer­ning the birth (perhaps due to pre­vious trau­ma­tic birth expe­ri­ence), depres­si­ve sym­ptoms during pregnancy. 
  • Post-natal: pro­blems with inte­gra­ting the role as mother with your pre­vious roles, beco­m­ing par­ents — stay­ing part­ners, fee­ling exhaus­ted over the deman­ds of paren­ting, fee­ling sad or numb for a cou­p­le of weeks post­par­tum, fee­ling guil­ty of not enjoy­ing being a mother of a new born, having obses­si­ve and frigh­tening thoughts of har­ming your baby

Cos­ts: 150.-/ hour. The sup­ple­men­ta­ry insuran­ce will refund a part of the cos­ts. Plea­se check the con­di­ti­ons with your sup­ple­men­ta­ry insuran­ce in advance. 

Our approach to working with you

We aim to be empa­thic, sup­por­ti­ve com­pa­n­ions as you share this important and — at times chal­len­ging — pha­se of your life with us – as you want to get or are pregnant or you adjust to beco­m­ing a parent. 

Tog­e­ther, we respect­ful­ly seek for the con­nec­tions bet­ween your life expe­ri­en­ces, your beliefs, your emo­ti­ons and your beha­vi­or. In addi­ti­on, we can iden­ti­fy pat­terns of beha­viour, e.g. inter­ac­tions bet­ween you and your baby; and /or inter­ac­tions bet­ween you and your part­ner) and with this under­stan­ding – and of cour­se only with your per­mis­si­on – are then able to explo­re with you ways that might be more hel­pful to impro­ve the cur­rent situa­ti­on. Once we have this under­stan­ding of how you work — and how you might like it to be bet­ter — we can pro­vi­de you with fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on that might be rele­vant (for examp­le infor­ma­ti­on about child deve­lo­p­ment or reac­tion on trau­ma). Put sim­ply, we will equip you with the resour­ces you need for chan­ge and to meet the new chal­len­ges of pregnan­cy and parenting.

Contact us

If you have ques­ti­ons about birth pre­pa­ra­ti­on or Parent-Baby coa­ching plea­se con­ta­ct Isa­bel­le Schmid (qua­li­fied mid­wi­fe): 079 235 32 72/

For request or ques­ti­ons about psy­cho­the­ra­py for pre- or post­na­tal well­being plea­se con­ta­ct Clau­di­ne Haus (qua­li­fied psy­cho­the­ra­pist): 076 519 18 20/

We are loo­king for­ward to sup­port you. 

Our address:

Pra­xis — Fami­lie ent­steht
Pflanz­schul­stras­se 36
8004 Zürich

The prac­ti­ce can be easi­ly reached by public trans­port. The­re is par­king avail­ab­le in the car park in front of the practice.