birth

Our Husbands, Those De facto Doulas [Father’s Day]

Today is Father’s Day in the United States. That day when we take a few hours to honor those special folk who made our lives possible. I thought I would take few minutes to write about the man who made my family possible, my husband. As I have mentioned before, I debated if I would

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Birth Options in Israel [Birth Series Part #2]

In honor of the fact that, in Israel, August has the most deliveries of any month, I thought I’d be proactive and make June birth month. This week we’re reviewing different birth options. In true researcher fashion, with each child, I gave birth in a different hospital (not planned, actually, but cool, right?) This obviously

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What is a Doula?? [Birth Series Part #1]

  The other day I was talking with a young woman I know who is living here temporarily, while her husband learns in yeshiva. She is nine months pregnant. I asked her if she were taking a private doctor for the delivery, a common practice among women in her community. She replied, no, that instead,

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Read this if you, or someone you love, will give birth in Israel

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the honor to be present at three completely different births: the unplanned home birth, a “second first birth” and a planned home birth that ended up in the hospital. These experiences reminded me of the importance of several issues, both large and small, that can greatly affect a

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