Making Contact

Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel

moms_illustration_prx_240x240Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital.

Drorit Hochner, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Scopus Hospital; Rabbi Benny Lau; Dikla Aharon, journalist; Dori Adar, online developer; nurse-midwives, Tami Doron, Avia, and “Rivka”; Jewish and Arab mothers who gave birth or considered giving birth at Mt. Scopus Hospital.

Narrator and Story Producer: Shaina Shealy
Host: Monica Lopez
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth

More information:
Hadassah,Mt. Scopus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
International Confederation of Midwives
Dori Adar
Rabbi Benny Lau
Israeli hospital heads to be summoned after report on segregation of Arabs in maternity wards:
Health Ministry issues statement stressing that it doesn’t accept practice of placing expectant Jewish and Arab moms in separate rooms:
‘Another Terrorist is Born:’ The Longstanding Practice of Racism and Segregation in Israeli Maternity Wards:
The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive



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