Israel's first babies of 2021 bring new hope for the new year

"This year has been challenging, and I hope for all of us and our children that 2021 will be a better year."

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman welcomes the new arrival to the family (photo credit: Courtesy)
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman welcomes the new arrival to the family
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Hospitals up and down Israel welcomed the first babies of the year 2021, bringing new hope and celebration of a new beginning. 
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman's daughter, Aliza, had one of the first babies born in Israel in 2021 at Sheba Medical Center.
At Yoseftal Medical Center in Eilat, Irena and Dima Gorenstein welcomed their first baby, born at 00:01, weighing 3,040 kg. The delivery was carried out by Dr. Rello, with the help of the midwife Noy and Ilail.
Irena and Dima Gorenstein's 2021 newborn (Credit: Yoseftal Medical Center)Irena and Dima Gorenstein's 2021 newborn (Credit: Yoseftal Medical Center)
The Galilee Medical Center welcomed its first 2021 baby in Eden and Matan Amir's daughter, born only 18 minutes after midnight, and weighing 2.840 kg.
Eden, 27, who gave birth to her first child, said: "I did not plan to give birth at the beginning of the new year. I was in my 40th week, without contractions, and I was examined at the clinic, where I was sent directly to the hospital. It is a bit strange to give birth during the corona pandemic, with very few people around, which resulted in a great sense of intimacy. 
"I would like to thank the amazing staff, from the emergency room, through the delivery room to the first maternity ward. It is especially important for me to mention the wonderful midwife Michaela Torchin." 
"It is an amazing feeling to give birth at the beginning of a new civil year and I hope it will bring good news for everyone. "

In the Galilee Medical Center's delivery rooms, seven babies - 5 girls and 2 boys - were born since the beginning of the new year, including a pair of twins.
Eden and Matan Amir's first daughter born at the Galilee Medical Center. (Credit: Galilee Medical Center)Eden and Matan Amir's first daughter born at the Galilee Medical Center. (Credit: Galilee Medical Center)

At the French Hospital in Nazareth, Nader Hassan Griffat was born a few minutes after the beginning of the year, too.
Nader Hassan Griffat, born at the French hospital in Nazareth. (Credit: Nazareth Hospital)Nader Hassan Griffat, born at the French hospital in Nazareth. (Credit: Nazareth Hospital)

The first 2021 baby of Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital was born at 00:16, weighing 2.950. Muhammad and Sundos Salah, the happy parents, said they "had a wonderful experience."
Adding, "We wish all a happy and healthy new year and that when the baby will grow up, we will no longer have to walk around with masks." 

Muhammad and Sundos Salah newborn, first Shaare Zedek Hospital's 2021 baby (Credit: Shaare Zedek Hospital) Muhammad and Sundos Salah newborn, first Shaare Zedek Hospital's 2021 baby (Credit: Shaare Zedek Hospital)
Nurit and Oren Falkers, a couple from Yavne, couldn't have started the year in a better way. 
They welcomed their new baby at exactly at 2:38, weighing 2,220 kg at Kaplan Medical Center.
"Giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic is tough, and I want to thank from the bottom of my heart the team at Kaplan who made this delivery a good experience," said Nurit following the birth of her baby.
"This year has been challenging, and I hope for all of us and our children that 2021 will be a better year and that a return to normality will be possible without corona." 
Nurit and Oren Falker, their 2021 newborn and their midwife (Credit: Kaplan Medical Center)Nurit and Oren Falker, their 2021 newborn and their midwife (Credit: Kaplan Medical Center)
"It was a very exciting night," added Etty Peleg, a midwife at Kaplan Medical Center. "Winds of change are blowing in the air, and we hope the vaccines will help us put the corona behind us. I wish for all the children born tonight and others that the corona will no longer be a part of their lives."
At Meir Medical Center, Sheeran and Kobi Goli welcomed their new baby as well, accompanied by their midwife Hani Sina.
Sheeran and Kobi Goli, Hani Sina, a midwife at Meir Medical Center, and the new baby. (Credit: Meir Medical Center)Sheeran and Kobi Goli, Hani Sina, a midwife at Meir Medical Center, and the new baby. (Credit: Meir Medical Center)
This new hope brought by the beginning of the new year comes as Israel’s Health Ministry said on Thursday that the country has continually beaten its target of 150,000 daily inoculations of coronavirus vaccines. By Friday morning, more than 950,000 of its more than 9 million citizens had received the first of the two doses involved in the Pfizer vaccine.