Tipat Halav is a neighborhood family health center that provides public health services for pregnant women, babies, children, and their families
The centers are located throughout the country and are operated by the Ministry of Health, the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv municipalities and the Health Plan Clinics (Kupat Cholim)
At the Ministry of Health and the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv municipalities the service is given to the entire population, and at the Health Plan Clinics, the service is given only to those who are insured by them
The services are provided to the public at no cost
For more information, see the Ministry of Health English website
Tipat Halav is a neighborhood family health center that provides healthcare and medical services in the field of health promotion and prevention for women, babies, children (from birth until age 6), and their families.
- The centers' health promotion goals are:
- To prevent infectious disease by means of vaccinations
- To detect health problems early by means of routine check-ups
- To monitor community health problems and take necessary actions
- To provide lifestyle guidance for improved health and prevention of disease
Who is Eligible?
- In Tipat Halav centers run by the Ministry of Health and the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv municipalities, the services are provided to everyone regardless of whether or not they belong to a health plan.
- In Tipat Halav centers run by the health plans, services are only provided to health plan members.
- Health plans operating Tipat Halav centers in a specific town must provide the services to people covered by other health plans, as well, if those health plans do not operate a Tipat Halav in that town.
How to Claim It?
- Contact your local Tipat Chalav. See here to locate the Local Tipat Chalav on the Ministry of Health website.
- Appointments for some of the Tipat Chalav stations can be made online. To see which stations provide the service of online appointments see the Ministry of Health website.
- The services are provided individually and in groups.
Tipat Halav Staff
- The healthcare staff includes nurses and doctors specializing in public health.
Tipat Halav Services
Services for Pregnant Women
- Instruction regarding family planning and preparations regarding a healthy pregnancy.
- Follow-up of pregnancy development by doctors and nurses.
- Information regarding the types of tests required during pregnancy.
- Instruction regarding genetic disease screenings.
- Instruction regarding the taking of essential nutritional supplements during pregnancy (folic acid, iron).
- Advice and guidance regarding lifestyle improvements for a healthy pregnancy.
- Advice and guidance for dealing with physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and afterwards, preparing for birth and parenting, early lactation consulting, and more.
- Early detection of health disorders, such as high blood pressure, preeclampsia, diabetes, being over/underweight, urinary tract infections.
- Identifying behavioral-functional difficulties and depression, as well as signs of violence.
Services for Infants and Toddlers
- Instruction and support for breast-feeding mothers. The stations also have breastfeeding areas.
- Periodic follow-up of growth and development.
- Periodic testing for various disorders.
- Vision, communication and speech testing; referrals for screenings to identify pulmonary disorders.
- Advice and guidance regarding various diagnostic and treatment frameworks, as needed.
- Providing vaccinations according to the Ministry of Health's vaccination plan (available in English).
- House visits after birth, as needed.
Parents of Infants and Toddlers
- Most of the services offered to parents are in the form of advising, instruction and seminars on health-related topics, as well as preparation for birth and parenting.
- Instruction and support regarding breast-feeding.
- Nutrition supplements (Iron and Vitamin D).
- Proper nutrition for parents and toddlers.
- Fostering parent-child relationships.
- CPR and first aid for babies.
- Daily care - Potty training, sibling rivalry, stomach pains.
- Instruction regarding returning to work after maternity leave.
- Instruction regarding initial placement of the child in a childcare framework.
- Safety and prevention of accidents in the home, in the car, and outside.
- Instruction to promote children's proper physical, social, and emotional development.
- Information and guidance for families of children with special needs.
- Preschool and day care teachers and administrators are given instruction on a variety of subject including the prevention of infectious disease, safety, proper nutrition, and more.
- As of January 2010, fees for Tipat Halav services have been cancelled.
- The services are provided to the public at no cost, and are not dependent on membership in a health plan.
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support, click here.
Laws and Regulations
- Original content provided by the IMA.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.