Labor and Delivery at Sheba
The birth experience is one of the most important, memorable milestones in the life of a woman and her family. Choosing where to give birth is a significant decision for a family to make. We are proud to have the trust of the maternity community, and our friendly and experienced professionals strive continuously to provide exceptional, leading-edge care.
At Sheba’s Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics Unit, we deliver more babies than any other hospital in the central region of Israel. According to the 2019 Forbes list of the best doctors in Israel, Sheba’s team leads the way in the field of OB/GYN.
Our Labor & Delivery Rooms
Sheba’s labor and delivery rooms are the heart and soul of our maternity wing. Staffed at all times by highly qualified, skilled professionals, these rooms are where we help every woman fulfill her dreams of giving birth safely in a calm and reassuring environment.
A great deal of thought and planning went into designing our delivery rooms. Each private space is fully equipped for any type of birth. In addition to the bed, there is a comfortable recliner, shower, and toilet. Rubber physio balls and hot tubs are also available, according to each woman’s personal wishes. Two escorts are allowed to accompany every woman in labor.
The health, comfort, and safety of both mother and fetus are our top priorities. Every room has an advanced embryonic monitor with a display screen in the room and also at the nearby nurses’ station so our team can monitor your baby’s health constantly. To assure anonymity, every woman is identified on the screen by room number.
Labor & Delivery Rooms at the Natural Birth Center
In April 2019, Sheba opened a new center expressly for women who are interested in birthing in an intimate home atmosphere, without medical intervention or the use of painkillers. During childbirth, a qualified midwife provides full supervision, support, and assistance as needed. The Natural Birth Center is situated away from the normal delivery rooms, and the use of these rooms is contingent upon the mother and fetus meeting specific health conditions.
Every room features the latest holistic equipment, including dim lighting, music playback, a shower, roomy bathtubs, physio ball, floor mattresses, and more. All of these soothing amenities help women to cope with labor pains as well as give birth in various positions, such as kneeling or standing, or have a water birth.
When surgery is necessary for a healthy delivery, Sheba offers specialized “friendly” rooms and procedures to optimize the experience for mother and baby. As soon as the baby is delivered, he or she is placed directly on the mother, and then the surgery is continued. The baby enjoys the natural warmth of skin contact with the mother, and the separation of mother and infant is minimized.
After surgery is completed, the baby goes with the mother to the recovery room, where she can breastfeed. This “friendly” experience enables immediate bonding with the baby, increases milk production, and has been shown to reduce pain after the C-section. Note: specific health conditions must be met in order to qualify for this type of Cesarean delivery.
One of the advanced techniques we have adopted at Sheba is the use of glue for incision closure. In doing so, the woman’s recovery is much quicker and the pain associated with the incision is reduced.
Childbirth does not always develop as expected. When problems arise – either in the health of the mother or fetus, or in the birth progress – our physicians may recommend treatment or testing, including:
- Pitocin: to cause uterine contraction to encourage a shorter, safer birth
Instrumental birth: use of forceps or vacuum may be indicated when the fetus must be extracted quickly to avoid unnecessary health risks; these devices are used when the cervix is completely open and the fetal head is low in the birth canal
- Direct monitoring of the fetal pulse: when an accurate register of the fetal pulse is not possible via the abdomen, an electrode can be attached internally to the fetal scalp
- Monitoring contractions by intrauterine cannula: when a highly accurate monitoring of labor pains is required, a thin plastic tube may be partially inserted to test for uterine contractions
- Intravenous antibiotics: this therapy may be needed to prevent complications for mother and fetus when women have prolonged water loss or a vaginal infection, or when fever rises during delivery. IV antibiotics may also be used for women with certain heart diseases.
- Blood sample from fetal scalp: testing to determine that the fetus is stable and in good health; this procedure enables detection of dangerous situations that require an immediate birth or it determines that childbirth can continue naturally without invasive intervention
Special Services for Labor & Delivery
Complementary Maternity Medicine
We are proud to offer a range of complementary treatments and acupuncture for women who prefer to avoid medicine for reducing pain, such as an epidural, and drugs for speeding up labor, such as Pitocin. Certified therapists in Chinese medicine work in tandem with the medical staff, and all complementary treatments are provided free of charge.
Chinese acupuncture (traditional needle acupuncture, electro-acupuncture) and acupressure (Shiatsu and Twina physiotherapy) are both safe and effective for use in birthing rooms. These therapies can trigger the birth process, develop effective contractions, shorten the duration of delivery, and provide pain relief, as well as relax and strengthen the baby. Electric moxibustion (thermal stimulation), aromatherapy, and training in various movement, imagery, and breathing techniques are also offered.
After Delivery: Rooming Options
Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! At Sheba, we are dedicated to a family-centered approach and offer three different rooming options for mother and baby.
- Full-time rooming in: In this arrangement, the baby stays with the mother for a few hours in the delivery room before being taken to the newborn nursery for primary care, which takes about 15 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, the baby is returned to the mother’s room – where they stay together for the entire duration of hospitalization, including throughout nights.
- Zero separation: This type of accommodation is almost identical to full-time rooming in. The only difference is that the baby is not separated from the mother for the initial examination and treatments. Instead, a neonatal nurse comes to the delivery room.
- Partial rooming in: This flexible option is ideal for women who want to use their time in the hospital to rest as much as possible. About two hours after giving birth, the baby is taken to the newborn nursery for physical examination and treatments. During this time, the mother moves from the recovery room to the maternity ward. While hospitalized, the baby can stay with the mother during all hours of the day, but nightly care and feeding is provided by the nursing staff in the newborn nursery. If desired, mothers can request to be woken to feed the baby.
Sometimes, depending on the medical condition of the mother and baby, certain rooming options are not allowed. The most important determinant at Sheba is always the safety of the mother and baby.
Sheba Baby Hotel
Located on the Sheba campus, this hotel offers a comfortable, supportive setting for brand new parents and their babies, following hospitalization. A 24-hour concierge is available and the cafeteria features a rich, nutritious array of food.
Meet Our Team
Professor Eyal Sivan, MD
Director, Josef Buchmann Gynecology and Maternity Center
“I’m proud for our doctors to be chosen again for being the best specialists in the country,” said Prof. Sivan. “It is no coincidence, since we have been educating our doctors for years. They receive additional training even after the challenging period of specialization, and as a result they maintain an exceptional level of professionalism.”
Prof. Sivan graduated from the School of Medicine at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and started his career at Sheba almost 30 years ago. He also specialized in maternal and fetal medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, USA. Prof. Sivan is an associate professor at Tel Aviv University and has published more than 120 articles in premier international medical journals.
Sheba Medical Center
Eyal Sivan, MD
Prof. Michal Nir-Simchen, MD
Senior Physician, Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics Unit
Prof. Nir-Simchen received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, TAU. She specializes in high risk pregnancies and has a particular expertise in ultrasound.
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