Doctor mother and baby 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Kaplan Medical Center)
A pediatrician passing by the public women’s bathroom near the main entrance to
Kaplan Medical Center this week heard a woman moaning, found that she was in the
last stage of labor, and delivered the baby while taking her to the emergency
ward in a wheelchair.
The unusual event happened when Dr. Hanni
Olivestone, who treats sick and injured children in her department, was on the
way to deliver a lecture to medical students on pediatric medical examinations.
The new mother, Rotem Bar, was only in her 37th week of pregnancy when she
visited the Rehovot hospital. When she went to the bathroom, she suddenly felt
she was about to give birth.
“I felt strong contractions, and I started
to shout. When the doctor heard me, she immediately came to help,” Bar said. “I
felt I was in good hands.”
Olivestone recalled, “I ran into the bathroom
and immediately knew the woman was in advanced labor. I put her in a wheelchair
to take her to the delivery room, but at the entrance to the elevator, the
baby’s head started to come out. I delivered the baby while moving, and when we
reached the emergency room, a midwife named Avivit and I completed the
The result was a healthy baby boy weighing 3
“Even though I am an expert in treating children, this was the
first baby I delivered, and there is no doubt that the experience was very
moving for me,” added the doctor, who was invited to the brit mila as a guest of