baby in cot 311.
(photo credit: Illustrative photo)
Olga Weiner, a nurse from Gedera, and Katrina Ratner of Rehovot – two sisters
five years apart – apparently believe in togetherness.
On Wednesday, just
two months after completing her midwife studies, Weiner delivered her sister’s
Four years ago, both sisters gave birth to their
first daughters on the same day.
Weiner, for years an emergency-room
nurse, decided to be an obstetrics nurse and deliver babies. She spent the last
year in a demanding course at Kaplan Medical Center where she
“Already at the start of Katrina’s pregnancy, I promised her I
would try hard to pass the course so I could be her midwife,” she said. “We are
close sisters, and we gave birth together last time. It’s a lot of
responsibility to bring into the world one’s younger sister’s baby, but it’s
also a very emotional event.”
The neophyte midwife said that being new in
the field, she received a lot of support from the doctors, other midwives and
families in the delivery room.
Ratner said that her sister came specially
to the hospital to work a shift in obstetrics when she started to feel labor
“Olga put on her uniform and was with me from the moment I
arrived,” she said.
“Her course was long and difficult, but she met the
challenge and was accepted. It was a wonderful feeling that my sister –
the person who is closest to me – would be at my side all through the delivery.
It was an unforgettable experience.”
Weiner said now that she has
succeeded she already plans to deliver babies of other relatives, friends and
neighbors, in addition to her regular patients.
“There is no doubt that
as a starting midwife, it was an incredible thing to deliver my younger sister’s
baby,” she said.