natural birthing resources in israel

I waited 2.5 years after making Aliyah to finally build up the courage to have a child in Israel. I have one daughter who is now seven years old who I homebirthed in Canada and loved my experience.

In these 2.5 years I have been trying to figure out the system here and find all the resources I need to make an informed decision with respect to natural childbirth options in Israe. Here are lists of various resources that I have found and compiled for the ease of making sense especially for English speaking immigrants like myself. These lists are continuously being updated so check back for more :)

PRIVATE MIDWIVES & HOMEBIRTHS >>

DOULAS >>

OTHER BIRTHING RESOURCES IN ISRAEL >>

HOSPITALS & BIRTHING CENTERS IN ISRAEL >>

RECOMMENDED READING LIST >>

PRIVATE MIDWIVES & HOMEBIRTHS

Here is a list of Natural Childbirth, Homebirth and Waterbirth Midwives that are certified Nurse Midwives in Israel. This list may not be complete so if you would like to be added to the list or know of a great homebirth midwife let me know!

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Lior Mayer, RN, CNM, NP
054-9424540
Nirit (near Kfar Saba)
Nurse midwife (U.S. trained) offering holistic doula services and postpartum care.

Michal Bonstein, CNM
03-5494475
Ramat Hasharon

Ilana Shemesh, CNM
08-923-1719
052-338-8954
Homebirths, waterbirths, birthing cabins in Moshav Yeshresh (near Rehovot).

Anat Tel Oren, CNM
08-9263707
054-990754
Reut (near Modi'in)

Shayne Berger, CNM
052-3627000
Omer
Shayne is the only midwife in Israel a certified member of Waterbirth International.

Hillary Kirshenbaum, CNM
08-9920360
054-7776058
Kiryat Orim

jerusalem area

Barbara Ben Ami*, CNM
02-6419659
050-7874273
Jerusalem & Center
*Barbara Ben Ami was my midwife for my homebirth in Israel and I highly recommend her. She is very professional and amazing :)

Joyce Butler, CNM
02-5337637
050-7967411
Moshav Matta

Tova Karni, CNM
02-5340065
054-6501007
Nataf

Judy Slome Cohain, CNM
02-9931080
054-5493109
Alon Shvut

north

Naomi Noe, CNM
04-9973090
054-4795241
Homebirths, waterbirths, birthing zimmers in Kibbutz Cabri.

Mindy Levy, CNM
04-9835920
Beth Lechem Haglilit

Lihi Lubel, CNM
04-9873687
052-3221401
Mitzpe Gita

Maya Notkin, CNM
04-6415940
050-730696
Nahalal

Ronit Koplis, CNM
04-6258103/1
052-8491616
Gan Yashia

Sarale Shaps, CNM
04-6397267
052-8874500
Ein Ayala

DOULAS

Lisa Levy - Doula, Yoga Therapist
054-218-9399
Hofit (between Netanya & Caesarea)
Working with women thoughout pregnancy, birth and post-partum, using movement, sound and water.

Michal Melamed, CD Cappa - Doula & Childbirth Educator
www.doulamichal.co.il
050-717-5540
Modi'in area

Lior Mayer, RN, CNM, NP
054-9424540
Nirit (near Kfar Saba)
Nurse midwife (U.S. trained) offering holistic doula services and postpartum care.

Michal Levy - Doula & Pregnancy Massage Therapist
054-2322216
Jerusalem

Paula Aji - Doula, Hypnobirthing, Pregnancy Craft
052-803-4490
Israel (center)

Elisheva Simon - Post-Partum Doula
052-760-1840
Bet Shemesh area

BIRTHING & BABY RESOURCES IN ISRAEL

Binah Baby - connecting couples to birth professionals in Israel.
Binah Baby Weebly - other birth support resources in Israel.
Birthing in Israel - yahoo group forum discussing childbirth in israel includes child birth educators, doulas and midwives and other birthing professional to answer your questions (including myself!). Anyone can join.
La Leche League Israel (Heb) - certified lactation consultants offer help for breastfeeding mothers.
IACLC - Israel Association of Certified Lactation Consultants - promotes breastfeeding in Israel.
MAMASH - Family Drop-in Center - they are a non-for-profit center that offers a breastfeeding clinic with 1/2 price lactation consultations and also sells and rents out breast pumps.
Brenda the Baby Coach - specializing in sleep and sleep-related issues. Brenda offers a baby sleep consulting service helping mothers get their babies to sleep better, sleep through the night, and help for various routines.

HOSPITALS & BIRTHING CENTERS IN ISRAEL

When preparing for childbirth it is very important to decide on the best setting for you. Whether you decide to have a homebirth, waterbirth, hospital birth or birth in a birthing center with midwives it is important to become familiar, feel comfortable and know what to expect in the place you plan to give birth to your child. Here is a list of hospitals & birthing centers in Israel. Call to book a tour well in advance of the birth. Pre-registration at hospitals makes it easier on the day of the birth itself.
(Note: This is not a list of all hospitals - I'm still working on it!)

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Ichilov - Lis Maternity Hospital (Tel Aviv) - 03-6925643
Tel Hashomer - Sheba Baby Hospital (Kiryat Ono) - 03-5302169
Birth Cabins with Ilana Shemesh (near Rechovot) - 052-3388954
Kaplan (Rechovot) - 08-9441211
Assaf HaRofeh (near Lod/Rechovot) - 08-9779000
Belinson (Petach Tikva) - 03-9377680
Meir (Kfar Saba) - 09-747-2555

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Laniado Hospital (Netanya) - 09-8609500

jerusalem & area

Hadassah Ein Karem - 02-6777111/02
Haddasah Mount Scopus - 02-5844111
Shaarei Tzedek - 02-6666666
Bikur Cholim - 02-6464111

north

Birthing Zimmers with Naomi Noe (Cabri) - 054-4795241

RECOMMENDED READING

Pregnancy

The Pregnancy Book by William Sears
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin
Pregnancy: Plan for a Healthy Mother & Baby by Cathy Carlson Rink

Childbirth

Birthing from Within by Pam England
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Active Birthby Janet Balaskas
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
The Birth Book by William & Martha Sears
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper

Breastfeeding

The Breastfeeding Book by Martha Sears
The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers by Jack Newman
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League

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