Monday, October 09, 2006

An Israeli hospital unveils a maternity ward designed for fervently Orthodox Jews

An Israeli hospital unveiled a maternity ward designed for fervently Orthodox Jews.
The five new delivery rooms at Jerusalem’s Bikur Cholim Hospital feature a special partition which allows the birthing mother to see her husband sitting beside her, but not for him to see her, Ma’ariv reported Monday.

This provision satisfies Orthodox requirements of modesty.

The rooms also have the options of stands for women’s wigs and piped-in Chasidic music.

According to the newspaper, the renovations cost Bikur Cholim some $1.3 million, most of it donated.

“The delivery rooms are the hospital’s flagship,” said hospital director Barry Bar-Tziyon.


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