Thanks for posting the link Riv. What a wonderful article!
Ugh, today was not a good day. Had a morning trip to the Ministry of Interior in East Jerusalem to renew my visa, and we decided to ask about the process to register a baby born at home, just to gauge the response and try to determine what we are up against. We know the official answer that many of you have shared with us (bring midwife's letter, copy of her license and they issue the birth certificate) and which works in the Ministry of Interior in West Jerusalem. Well, this doesn't seem to be the case in the East Jerusalem MoI. The employee started talking about how it will cause us lots of problems, will take a long time and she said it will be very difficult for us without a hospital report. Experience has taught me that when an MoI employee says something is difficult, don't tempt fate and try to do it! It was very depressing and I just started to see all of these problems ahead of us. We have to go back tomorrow, so I will try to ask another employee, but it seems that it may be as I expected - a huge headache. I didn't change my mind about the homebirth though! It seems we will just have to go to a hospital after the birth, in order to sort out our paperwork (assuming the hospital staff won't give us any problems either!). I was hoping we could avoid that. Until now, the National Insurance agreed to cover me if I will have a hospital birth in Hadassah Mt. Scopus, so I guess that will still apply if we go to the hospital within 24 hours of the birth and stay the mandatory 12 hours. But my husband and I aren't happy that they have only partial rooming in, and the baby will have to go to the nursery at night. My husband keeps saying that we have to be careful they don't "mess" with him when he is away from us.
I feel sick about even the thought of leaving my new baby alone for even one night, and am REALLY nervous that the nurses will not bring him to me for feedings like they should, and give him a bottle! I tried registering at Hadassah Ein Kerem because I know they have full rooming in, but until now the Nat'l Insurance didn't approve to cover the costs there (though I spoke to someone at the insurance and they said I could register at as many hospitals as I wanted and they would cover wherever I chose in the end). Financially we can't pay the homebirth midwife out of pocket AND the hospital, so if the National Insurance doesn't agree to cover Hadassah Ein Kerem, I might be forced to go to Mt. Scopus.
Is Hadassah Mt. Scopus really all that bad? Can someone please give me any reassurance that it won't be that bad.... ? Maybe I can stay up all night with the baby, roaming the hallways if they won't let me keep him in my room, and just sleep during the day with baby and husband by my side? Will they really bring him to me for feedings? I will go on the tour and ask these questions, but you never know if what they say is actually going to happen. I will also try to ask about the procedure of coming after the birth and staying 12 hours, but I'm hesitant to initiate that conversation with just anyone from the staff - could get labelled as a problem even before I get there and then who knows if they will freak out when I come and treat it like the biggest emergency that I had the baby at home. Anyone know a nice nurse/doctor/midwife at Mt. Scopus who I could talk to, one who won't flip at the mention of homebirth?
Thanks for listening ladies. I am just feeling kinda down about the whole situation right now.....