HMO data show Lebanon war triggered baby boom in Israel
Channel 10 reports number of women in advanced stages of pregnancy rose 35 percent from this time last year.
For some the rocket barrages of last summer's war trapped people inside, for others weekends home were particulary poignant for weary fighters and their partners. The war, in short, triggered a baby boom, according to a report aired on Channel 10 television Monday.
It quoted health maintenance organization statistics that the number of women now in their fifth, sixth or seventh month of pregnancy was 35 percent higher than the figure a year ago.
Commenting on the pregnancy figures, Gila Bronner, director of the Sexual Health Service at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, said stepped-up sexual activity after a war was an affirmation of life.
"We wanted to tell the world, 'You tried to kill us, but you didn't - See, we're alive,'" she told Channel 10.
Israel and Hezbollah battled for 34 days before a United Nations-sponsored cease-fire went into effect in August.
Israel experienced a four-year baby boom after the Six-Day War in 1967 and births increased sharply for two years following the end of its 1973 Yom Kippur War.