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December 6, 2016 / 6 Kislev, 5777

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First Baby of 5777 Born at Ma’ayanei HaYeshua

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

As last year, the First Israeli Baby of 5777 was born just a few minutes after the official start of Jewish New Year 5777 at the Ma’ayanei HaYeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak.

So was the Second Baby. And so was the third.

From 7:30 pm to 7:40 pm Sunday evening, just after the start of the Rosh Hashana holiday, three babies were born at the medical center, one right after the other.

The hospital, third-largest fertility treatment center in the country, has 13 labor and delivery rooms in the birthing department.

“We are happy to once again be the first with good news,” said a spokesperson for the medical center, “and to continue the new year in a spirit of professionalism with a new labor and delivery center.

“We are pleased to provide the best and most comfortable service in the country.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Study Finds No Increased Risk With Induced Deliveries

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

A new Tel Aviv University study has found there is no increased risk when labor is induced by rupturing the amniotic sac in a birthing mother.

The findings showed the natural spontaneous deliveries and induced deliveries after rupture of the amniotic sac shared similar neonatal outcomes, according to a report published in the August 8 medical journal, Archives of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.

The study was led by Dr. Liran Hiersch and Dr. Eran Ashwal at the Sackler School of Medicine and the Helen Schneider Hospital for Women at Rabin Medical Center.

“Induced labor — the process of jumpstarting delivery using prostaglandin — has gotten a bad rap. We found little justification for this” in the case of women whose water broke prematurely, said Hiersch. “People have an idea that everything natural is better, including childbirth. But induction is not necessarily more dangerous for mother and child than Mother Nature herself.”

The researchers studied the outcomes in the births of 625 mothers who were admitted to Rabin Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

Most expectant mothers are warned about artificially induced deliveries. These warnings counsel that induction may cause a low fetal heart rate, an increased risk of infection to mother and baby, and uterine rupture or excessive bleeding after delivery. However, the researchers concluded those warnings might not be accurate. “We have found that induction produces healthy mothers and infants, with risk factors similar to those of spontaneous deliveries,” Hiersch said.

It is important to note that women in the induction group were found to be at an increased risk for Caesarean section (CS), but researchers said they believe this was due mainly to blocked birth canals and not the induction itself.

Artificial induction is a possibility for all expectant mothers who have approached two weeks past their delivery date, who experience high blood pressure or diabetes, who have a uterine infection or who simply haven’t experienced contractions despite their water having broken. These women are often hospitalized for 24 hours. But after 24 hours have passed without natural delivery, most medical professionals will induce labor artificially to reduce subsequent risks to mother and child.

Hana Levi Julian

Mazel Tov to the Netanyahus on the Birth of a Granddaughter!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

We wish a hearty “Mazel Tov!” to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on the birth of his newest grandchild, a baby girl.

The little girl, born Wednesday, joins her older brothers, Shmuel and David, in delighting their parents, Noa and Dr. Daniel Roth.

May she blossom and grow up to reach Bat Mitzvah, Chuppah and the building of a true home in the Land of Israel, in good health and prosperity, materially and spiritually!

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Pregnant

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli posted a pic of the proof Friday on her Instagram account just before the start of 2016.

The photo of the ClearBlue test with the little blue line said it all: Refaeli is pregnant with her first child.

The announcement was accompanied by a caption, “2016 is going to be like … Happy & Healthy New Year!”

Of her 2.1 million followers of the post, nearly 6,000 had plenty to say, and almost 100,000 others were content to simply express their “Likes” of the news.

Refaeli,30, and husband Adi Ezra, 40, Israeli businessman and heir to Neto ME Holdings food import firm, tied the knot in Haifa right after the Jewish high holy days.

Mazel tov to the happy couple!

Hana Levi Julian

That Extra Bit of Comfort to Birthing in Jerusalem

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Having a baby is hard work. But Israel really makes it worth all the effort – starting with one hospital in Jerusalem that seems to have added just one extra bit of comfort to the process.

In the United States – and in most hospitals in Israel as well – the average hospital stay for birthing mothers these days is 48 hours, including two overnights. It’s a big business in Israel especially: 171,207 babies were born in 2013 in the Jewish State, and the government paid the hospital bill for every one.

Many hospitals keep the baby with the mother, relieving the burden on staff and relieving anxiety on the part of the parent. But that means Mom gets a little less sleep — and perhaps has a little more stress, depending on her nature.

Some hospitals also no longer teach mothers how to bathe the baby after the initial clean-up following the birth, leaving that job to be learned at home, presumably under the practiced eye of an experienced relative, friend or local professional. But what if this is a new mother and there’s no one at home to teach or to help?

What if this is baby #4 and it’s been a really tiring couple of days?

Some mothers are eligible to go to a “rest home” center, where the baby is cared for overnight and where Ima can get a good night’s sleep. Some mothers also have extra help at home.

But before all that — and the inevitable chaos that is bound to hit the second the new baby comes in the front door — there is one final send-off for some mothers in Jerusalem.

Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center offers a third, optional night in the hospital’s attached Maternity Hotel for mothers who prefer to be joined by their husbands but still need to rest. Most health plans cover this night, if the patient has the optional rider on their plan. Additional nights are available for a fee.

The hotel, which is managed under the “Hadassah Baby” program, offers a 24-hour baby nursery and provides supervision and care by the hospital medical team.

Located on the medical center’s campus, the Hadassah Baby hotel is part of the regular Ein Kerem hospital hotel, next door to the medical center’s full-service mall. The hotel room includes all the amenities of a regular hotel plus those necessary for a birthing more, and then some. Free workshops and group activities are available, and guests receive daily visits from an obstetrician and pediatrician during their stay.

“Another hospital in Jerusalem was offering a free stroller for new mothers who chose to deliver at their delivery room,” Michal J. told The Jewish Press in an interview in the hospital’s playroom for children after giving birth to a healthy baby girl.

“But I have already had three children, thank G-d, and what I really need more than anything is rest. Lots of rest.”

Her face lit up.

“A night in a hotel made for birthing mothers, with my husband, is just perfect.”

Jewish Press Staff Writer

MK Tzipi Hotovely Names Her Baby ‘Ma’ayan’

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely announced Monday that she and husband Or Alon, an attorney, have named their new baby girl “Ma’ayan.”

The Likud-Beyteynu Knesset member gave birth last Wednesday morning at Hadassah Mt. Scopus Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Hotovely’s family Facebook page was filled with “Mazel tovs!” in numerous languages Monday morning in response to the announcement.

The Israeli lawmaker was raised in Rehovot and educated in the national religious movement

Bnei Akiva girls’ schools in Tel Aviv. After graduating high school she served two years in National Service (Sherut Leumi). She and her husband were married in May 2013.

Jewish Press News Briefs

The ‘Demographic Time Bomb’ Debunked Again

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Originally published at The Ettinger Report.

The following are excerpts from an essay by Yakov Faitelson, the lead expert on the Jewish-Arab demographic balance:

“Since 2003, the annual population growth rate [birth, mortality and migration rates] of Israeli Jews has grown steadily from 1.48 percent to 1.81 percent while the aggregated annual increase of the Arab Middle Eastern countries has decreased to 1.45 percent….

“While the natural increase rate [birth and mortality rates] for Israeli Jews rose by 41.6 percent from 1995 to 2012, the Arab natural increase rate declined during the same time by 30.6 percent – due to rapid modernity [e.g. urbanization, family planning, expanded education among women, higher wedding-age] with the rate in 2012 at its lowest level since 1955.

“For example, in 2000, the number of Israeli Arabs born was 39,579 (including 34,667 Muslims). By 2012, the number of Israeli Arab newborns was 40,080 (35,730 Muslim). The number of children born within the Jewish population rose from 90,900 in 2000 to 125,492 in 2012 and in the expanded Jewish population [including Olim from the USSR who are not yet recognized as Jews by the Rabbinate] from 94,327 to 130,460 in 2012. Thus the share of babies born to Jews increased from 67.9 percent in 2000 to 73.6 percent and of expanded Jewish population from 70.4 percent to 76.5 percent in 2012 [The trend persists during 2013]….

“From the beginning of the twenty-first century the TFR [number of births per woman] of Israeli Muslims decreased considerably, from 4.7 in 2000 to 3.5 children per woman in 2011. The TFR of all Arabs decreased still further to 3.3 children per woman, very close to the 3.09 for Jewish women born in Israel….

The shape of Israel’s age-pyramid clearly shows that the younger the age, the more the number of Jews increases while the number of Arabs either decreases or remains stable. During the last ten years, the share of Israeli Jews versus Israeli Arabs within the overall young Israeli population has increased, indicating that the Jewish population has started to become younger while the Israeli Arab population is getting older. With existing life expectancies factored in, the natural aging of Israeli Arab ‘baby boomers’ will significantly increase their mortality level over the next two decades, causing an accelerating decline in the overall Arab natural increase rate.

Continuation of current trends will result in a convergence in 2025 of the natural increase rate [which does not include migration!] for Jews and Arabs in Israel. For the first time in the modern history of the Land of Israel, the Arab natural increase rate may not be higher but rather equal to the natural increase rate of the Jews. Given the possibility of continued Jewish immigration, one can expect an intensification of the steadily rising Jewish share of the total population of the Land of Israel.

The decline in the Palestinian natural increase rate in Judea and Samaria [caused by modernity] is accelerating even faster than among Israeli Arabs. Combined with a massive emigration of Arab youth from these territories, especially from Judea and Samaria, the size of the younger age group will be reduced and coincidentally, the elderly age cohort of the population will increase, resulting in an increased mortality rate in the near future. Following these trends, the natural increase rate of Arabs in Judea and Samaria will be decreasing even faster.

“Any proper analysis of demographic developments in the Land of Israel must take into account the critical role of the migration balance. Aliya—Jewish repatriation—has been a significant factor in narrowing the difference between Jewish and Arab natural increase rates. Israel may experience a substantial Aliya wave into the near future, including an influx of skilled professionals, a welcome addition to Israel’s fast developing economy. The recent discoveries of huge gas deposits create an enormous momentum for the Israeli economy that is bound to change the geopolitical situation in the Middle East.

Many Israeli expatriates may also seriously consider returning to the Jewish state. During the years 2000-10, the number of returning Israelis was 21.3 percent higher than the previous decade. These developments would lead to a further increase in the annual growth of the Jewish population.

Yoram Ettinger

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-demographic-time-bomb-debunked-again/2013/10/15/

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