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Homebirth in Israel.

UPDATE (April 2011): After this post was written, down the road, for my second child, we did a home birth in our apartment in Tzur Hadassah. I’ve got more info on the subject now from firsthand experience and am happy to share: My home birth story: Israel, Tzur Hadassah, apartment, bedroom. Registering your newborn after […]

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A lizrael update pregnant with… updates.

Pregnancy is probably the ultimate example of time flying while also feeling like the slowest dimension, which I’m realizing is especially true for the third trimester. It’s a period filled with inner conflict: yalla, let’s do this already/whoa, what’s the rush, self?! At times I feel like a kid, constantly being asked, “how are you, […]

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On preparing, inside and out.

It’s amazing how the female body prepares itself for birth during pregnancy.  There’s the obvious: the beefing up on body mass, the need for sleep, the extending belly.  There’s the less obvious: the slowed metabolism, the hyper hormone production, the  nesting habits. There are bi-products: the heartburn, the gallstones, the stocking up on vitamin E.  Then there’s […]

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Birthing in Jerusalem hospitals.

As my third trimester quickly approaches, I’ve been getting serious about touring and registering at hospitals, considering alternative birthing options and doing the doula dance. Yep, this is the ‘bureaucratic’ and technical aspect of being pregnant. In the last month we’ve done hospital tours in two popular Jerusalem hospitals: Hadassah Ein Karem and Shaarei Tzedek. […]

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Sorry in advance, Jewish baby.

Me: check this out… “As the fetus reacts to sounds, its pulse increases. Your baby will even move in rhythm to music.” we’ll see if it has two left feet like it’s momma Husband: funky Husband: but it is jewish… how good can it really move?

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To the pain.

It’s been six months… do you know where your gall bladder is? These days, I’m nostalgic for the time in my life when I didn’t think the gall bladder was a real organ, just a body part for use in a humorous rant. Apparently not. It’s a real organ, like the rest of my organs which […]

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Baby has its uses.

In the last couple days, a blast from the dramatic past and I came into fairly close contact in yet a very distant manner. I realize how frustratingly vague that sounds, and I don’t care much to expand.  But what I am interested in is not that I avoided encountering the drama head-on, but what […]

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Bladder speaks louder than words.

Today I experienced another pregnancy first: it was the first time I got the special pregnancy treatment from a stranger in a public place.  No, not the bus passenger offering me their seat on a crowded bus… Not a fellow pedestrian offering to help me carry my bags… No, it was the best kind of […]

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Security in confirmation.

We went over to Shufersal the other night and while walking up to the security guard in front of the store, I finally got what I’ve been waiting to hear: “Miss, are you pregnant? You don’t need to go through the metal detector.” Call me crazy, but until that moment, I just could not believe […]