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The midwives organization supports: 16 thousand shekels will also be paid to births at home? - Walla! Of money


The proposal demands payment of the birth fees, which are currently transferred directly to the hospital, to mothers who chose to give birth at home. The midwives organization supports: "provided that there is always a midwife present"

A woman in a delivery room.

According to the proposed amendment to the law, women who give birth at home will be entitled to maternity benefits and not just the hospitals (Photo: ShutterStock)

The midwives in Israel announce: "We welcome the opportunity for the mother to choose where to give birth, provided that she always has a midwife with her" The midwives' organization's response follows a proposal to amend the National Insurance Law, initiated by the Movement for Freedom of Choice in Birth, submitted by MK Michal Shir Segman (and is expected to be joined by "Additional chemicals).

According to the amendment, birth fees, which are currently transferred directly to the hospital where the woman chooses to give birth, will be paid to mothers who chose to give birth at home.

Currently, the National Insurance pays a hospitalization grant of NIS 15,691 for each birth.

The organization of midwives in Israel, which represents the 1,400 midwives in public hospitals, home midwives and community midwives, responded: "We welcome the opportunity for the woman to choose where to give birth and the grant will be transferred according to the place where she gave birth, provided that she always has a midwife with her exactly as stipulated by the Ministry of Health procedure.

The midwives' organization: "We welcome the opportunity for the mother to choose where to give birth and the grant will be transferred accordingly" (Photo: ShutterStock, shutterstock)

The organization's statement reads: "At home, in a birthing center or in a hospital, freedom of choice begins at birth. Our guideline at the midwives organization is to place the utmost emphasis on the safety of the mother and the baby alongside the balance with freedom of choice. There is scientific evidence that cannot be denied that when the pregnancy is normal, the woman is

healthy and the fetus develops normally, a home birth is as safe as a hospital birth. There are countries such as Canada, Great Britain and the Netherlands where the Ministry of Health encourages home births through funding similar to the bill. Today in Israel, a woman who chooses to give birth at home has to finance it out of her pocket and we welcome the movement for freedom of choice in birth , on the initiative for the law".

The organization of midwives in Israel also stated that: "Our home midwives who allow women the right to choose do so at their own risk since there is currently no insurance company that insures them.

It should be noted that a home birth includes continuous pregnancy accompaniment by a midwife, a model that the midwives' organization is leading these days (regardless of home births) together with the Ministry of Health, the health insurance funds and the Israeli Association of Midwives and Gynecology, emphasizing the creation of a personal protocol for each woman during the entire pregnancy And not only at the peak moment of birth.

It should be emphasized that according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, a midwife who is registered in the register of midwives, who has 3 years of experience working in a recognized delivery room in Israel, and who has experienced 10 home births attended by an experienced midwife, is allowed to perform a home birth.

At the same time, the procedure states that the woman in labor must be sent to the hospital in the event of the occurrence of one or more of a detailed list of complications, such as the delay in progress in active labor and deviation from the norm in the state of the woman and the baby or, God forbid, bleeding in a larger amount than usual.

In this context, the Israel Midwives Organization emphasizes that: "The midwife has the necessary training and expertise to provide safe and effective care during the home birth process. She has been trained to identify potential complications and make appropriate decisions in real time regarding transfer to a hospital if necessary. At the same time, she provides emotional support and guidance to the mother and her partner throughout the process the birth and can ensure a safe and positive birth experience for both mother and baby. That is why it is important for us to tell all pregnant women - wherever you choose to give birth, you will always have a midwife with you."

It is also stated in the explanatory notes to the submitted law, that "women in Israel who do not wish to give birth in hospitals or medical institutions but rather in home births or birth centers ('community births') are not eligible to receive the hospitalization grant. In fact, the economic consideration infringes on the freedom of choice of the mother and decides where and how to give birth, because in a home birth all the expenses of the birth fall on the shoulders of the mother.

The purpose of this bill is to allow freedom of choice to the mother without fearing that she will not be able to pay the costs of the birth she chooses.

Therefore, it is proposed to add a provision according to which a woman giving birth who chooses not to give birth in a hospital or medical institution, the hospitalization grant will be paid directly to her, in order to cover the expenses she incurred in connection with the birth itself up to the total amount of the hospitalization grant stipulated by law today.

In this way, the freedom of choice of every woman giving birth, and the realization of her natural right to freedom, will be possible."

The Israel Midwives Organization

is the trade union representing the 1,400 midwives in the public hospitals in Israel, home and community midwives. These are professional women, who have a certified midwife's license, which was given to them by Ministry of Health after five and a half years of study and practical training.

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Source: walla

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