NewbieHi - I'm new here. My friend from BabyCenter sent me here because I told her I was interested in cloth diapering and didn't know where to look for advice.
I live in Jerusalem and G-d willing my first baby is due in 22 days!
If anyone can recommend a hospital, I'd appreciate it. I know I'm cutting it a little close, but I am just not thrilled with any of the options here (either because of no rooming-in, father's visiting hours, the recovery room (or lack thereof) situation at Ein Karem, etc). I just found out that Tel Hashomer has a natural birthing center and would love to go there but they make you sign up by 30 weeks. I supposedly have gestational diabetes so they probably wouldn't let me give birth there anyway. (I say supposedly because the baby is B"H measuring small, my sugar levels seem ok, and DH is convinced the whole diagnosis was a conspiracy. And then today there was an article in Yediot about a guy whose glucometer - the exact same model I use - kept giing him crazy readings even after he traded it in for a different one, and his drs did tests and ofund that he was fine! My levels were all over the place at first, but then I started double-testing and found that the machine was just extremely inaccurate.)
Anyway, sorry for the novel. Basically I have no idea where I am going to give birth and am very stressed out about it. My doula recommended a "home birth" center run by Ilana Shemesh (birthathome.co.il), who I plan to call tomorrow - I'm not sure if she'll let me birth there either because of the GD...
I wanted to respond to Rachel's request for an OB/GYN recommendation. I was very unhappy with my first one - after my second misarriage and second round of "it's normal, don't worry about it," I asked around and switched to Dr. Ernst Voss (pronounced Foss). He was great, esp with infertility issues. Unfortunately when I was diagnosed with the GD he told me I had to switch to a high-risk dr (apparently other drs would have continued to see me), but overall I was very happy with him.
Anyway, I'm excited to get to know you ladies. I made Aliyah from Detroit 4 years ago and got married 3 years ago. I have had a different job (or several at once) every year (typical) - mostly in teaching/special ed/childcare - and hope to stay home with my little one when s/he is born.
Thanks for listening,
Netanya in Jerusalem