cute baby 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
With the growing number of single mothers, including lesbians, in Tel Aviv, the
city’s Sourasky Medical Center has opened what is reportedly the first
childbirth preparation course geared to women having babies without support from
a male partner.
While some Orthodoxoriented hospitals have childbirth
preparation courses with most of the sessions for women, due to modesty
concerns, husbands participate in at least one of the meetings.
Sourasky course, which the hospital said would be run in an “intimate atmosphere
and supportive for women who have their babies alone,” will begin on September
Demand is high, and most of the places are already filled.
NIS 450 course consists of five meetings of two-and-a-half hours each from the
30th week of pregnancy.
Orit Artal-Delogin, director of the Mamy-Lis Club
at Sourasky’s Lis Maternity Hospital, said that the course is being opened
because of the relatively high number of women in Tel Aviv who are unmarried and
having babies. Such women are often uncomfortable taking a childbirth
preparation course with heterosexual couples, she said.
“Due to demand,
we agreed to hold the course and believe its expected success will turn it into
an inseparable part of the services the hospital provides the population in this
area,” she said.
Women may register via (03) 697-3113 or the Web site at