The number of homebirth midwives in all of the Golan Heights: 0
The one I had spoken to, who doesn't actually live in the Golan, confirmed that she will not be available to attend my birth. What is up with no midwives???? Why is every woman who gives birth in the Golan content to hire a male dr.?? Please don't get me wrong, I have heard he is very gentle and that he is very laid back due to his complete belief in a woman's natural ability to birth - and that's wonderful. But I want choices!!! I want to be able to choose a female birth attendant if I prefer that - but there aren't any!
That being said, I plan on calling him next week when my moving saga is finally over (please God!!) and meet with him. But seriously... why aren't there any midwives here???
Oh wait, it gets worse... I called to make a general prenatal appt through the health clinic. i said I prefer to see a woman. There are two, both in Tzfat (not the Golan) and neither have appointments open until july. Of the two men here in Katzrin, I have been told not to go to one of them, well, the other one also has no appointments. So I have no mw, and I have nowhere to go for prenatal care.
So here's my plan. Apparently i can go the pee in a cup at the nurses station without an appointment if I wait on line for a minimum of an hour. So I'll be ordering a jar of pee sticks, Yoram will be taking my bp (starting after we move when the reading will actually be meaningful!) not sure what I'll do about measuring the baby and stuff, but the activity level in there is definitely indicative of a live baby! So what do I need anyone else for??
I'll probably hire the dr to be at the birth as a bystander, but in the meantime I've started asking specific women if they would be with me at my birth.
And then I'm going to nursing school to become a midwife - the end.