filming in the Holyland from September 14 - 27
Diana Paul Bort, the founder of LoveDelivers.org, and her assistant, Clara, visited our OB-GYN clinic in Ein Al Beida, and stayed in Al Aqaba, and also visited midwives in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv because they are exploring the possibility of doing a film about birthing in Palestine and Israel. Fascinated by natural childbirth, and sees a real potential for bringing volunteers and staff to Palestine to help make the Ein Al Beid OB-GYN clinic into the Birthing Center we all envisioned when we began this project.
This is what Diana said about her visit;
“Rebuilding Alliance did a miraculous job to organize the birth center in this area where some of the “poorest of the poor” live. They sponsored the Chilean doctors and asked seven Rotary Clubs in California along with one in Israel and one in Palestine to fund the purchase of ultrasound and heart monitoring equipment.”
What’s happening with the birthing center now:
“Once a week two obstetricians meet about 30 pregnant women for prenatal visits at the clinic.” The doctor on duty said, “what the clinic needs is 6 midwives to care for the women and babies 24/7.”
What she learned about natural childbirth in Palestine is that, “Arab women do not know about their bodies. What they most need is knowledge about birth so they won’t be afraid.” “There used to be about a dozen birth centers in Palestine but they were closed. Now there are none. Aisha was right, a laboring woman’s only option is to go to the hospital. This could mean navigating military checkpoints and driving through military training areas in route to giving birth.”
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