A woman in labor may choose anyone she wishes to accompany her in the delivery room.
- A person who accompanies a woman in labor in the delivery room, is not permitted to provide any form of medical care nor interfere with the work of the medical staff including not interfering with the midwives and their professional decisions.
- The medical institution is not responsible for anyone the expectant mother has chosen to be present during the birthing process.
- Doulas - (birthing assistant)
- A woman can choose to have a doula as the person who accompanies her in the delivery room
- The doula is not recognized as a "care provider" according to the Patient's Rights Law.
- A doula is not permitted to provide any form of medical care nor interfere with the work of the medical staff (including doctors, nurses and midwives).
- Most hospitals allow two people to accompany a woman in labor into the delivery room.
- Different hospitals have different procedures related to who is allowed to be in the delivery room, (how many people are allowed in the delivery room, etc.)
Who is Eligible?
- Any woman giving birth
How to Claim It?
- Check with the hospital regarding its procedures related to accompaniment in the delivery room.
- For a list of organizations that aid with pregnancy and childbirth
- For a general list of health related aid organizations
Laws and Regulations
- The Patient's Rights Law
- Ministry of Health Director Circular 14/03 from 18.8.03 - Personal accompaniment for an expectant mother in the delivery room
- Original information provided by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.