A pregnant Syrian woman gave birth at Safed’s Ziv Medical Center on Sunday
Her son is the first baby from a mother fleeing Syria’s civil
war to be born in Israel.
When the mother realized there was no one in
Syria who could deliver her, she asked to be taken to the border, where she
hoped Israeli soldiers would pick her up and send her to an Israeli medical
center, she said.
“I was very afraid to go, but I was even more worried
about giving birth at home by myself,” she added.
The 20-year-old mother
was in the early stages of labor when the IDF quickly transferred her from the
Kuneitra region, where there was no access to a local hospital, to
Until now, only wounded Syrians have been among the hundreds of
civilians escaping the war and seeking medical care in Israel.
mother, who said she was herself a nurse, gave birth to a healthy,
“I don’t feel like I am in an enemy country,” she
said. “The staff are all helping me and worrying about me.”
woman said there is a severe food shortage in her country, and that village
residents are subsisting mostly on rice. In Ziv, she was given meat and
“My baby, too, is getting wonderful, devoted care,” she
To protect her from being hurt when she returns to Syria, no
details about her identity were released.
Mira Eli, the Ziv nurse who
runs the delivery rooms, said the delivery was normal and involved no
“We gave her a hug, a shower and food,” she said.
gave her postnatal advice. She’s a very young woman who came without her husband
or anyone else accompanying her, and it was her first delivery.
is to ensure that every new mother remembers her delivery as an unforgettable,
positive experience, whatever her ethnic, national or religious background,”