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I’m not ready. Here’s why. (Hint: it’s not the toilet paper)

Finishing the kids’ Purim costumes. Keeping the car clean. Prepping mishloach manot in advance. Writing a letter to my kids. (Trying) to keep the sink empty. Refilling toilet paper. Just a few falsely empowering things I’ve been doing over the last week in case I have to leave everything behind to dash to the hospital. […]

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A letter for two.

Koala and Bebe, You know, I have this memory from when my second brother (your local uncle) was born. I was six months younger than you, Koala. I don’t remember much about my mama being pregnant – I’m sure you will though – but I do remember the mixed feelings at having my grandparents over, […]

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Fifty-Two Frames: Self Protrait

It’s a period when you’re never alone, your identity is not that of a single person. That makes it difficult to recognize yourself and be yourself – for a limited time. There is another soul inside you, and even your most intimate moments are shared. You’re not who you were and you’ll never be who […]

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Kids and reproductive biology 101: bellies, babies, birth and boobs.

Brought to you by the letter… Science. I have an open policy on Q&A with my kids. If they’re aware enough to ask it, they’re aware enough to get a viable answer. So now that the four B’s – belly, babies, birth, boobs – are major everyday topics around here, I’ve had plenty of opportunity […]

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Driving in Israel meets the belly card.

Driving to gan pickup last week, I officially became that person. The person who looks down for a split second and looks back up to realize you’re a microsecond from hitting the stopped car in front of you. The person who, despite braking, hits the car in front of you. I’ve been here nearly nine […]

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Something to tell you…

For months I wanted to tell them. “Get into bed guys, and I’ll tell you a סוד.” Especially Koala. I so enjoy sharing secrets with him… trivial whispers or major life developments. They stood at the edge of Bebe’s bed; she was nearly collapsed from exhaustion. “You know how some of our friends had babies […]

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Where was your daughter born?

So while initially, after giving birth to my daughter, I was asked very often ‘where did you give birth?’ that question has definitely waned in the last 15 months. It just becomes the sort of question doctors ask you at initial check ups, I guess. And so, oddly, despite everything, I kinda forgot where my […]

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New Israeli home birth restrictions delayed.

An update on the Israeli home birth restrictions situation: Health Ministry delaying delivery of new restrictions on at-home births The health ministry has yet to complete its labor on a new policy restricting home births. Responding to public criticism which followed Haaretz’s recent disclosure of the new restrictive guidelines, the ministry’s medical authority has decided to […]

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New Israeli homebirth restrictions drafted (where’s midwife trust?)

From Haaretz: Israel ministry drafts new rules to restrict home births A woman planning to give birth at home will have to obtain a letter from her family doctor testifying that she is both physically and mentally sound, under new regulations being drafted by the Health Ministry that many believe are aimed at curtailing home […]