Unassisted birth is something else. It is a choice to deliver with either no support (ie a doctor or midwife) or just the support of the husband. The vast majority of women who practice this have made sure they are healthy and well educated and prepared for birth. Some women are 'forced' into a situation like this because in their hometown or country homebirth is either illegal or restricted so to employ a midwife for a HB would be illegal for both mother and midwife. This leaves a small minority of women with no choice but to deliver alone. Soon this will happen more and more in Israel also bc they have clamped down (last month) on which women can or can not give birth. The deciding factors that are most controversial are that the room has to be a certain size (why?) and a woman has to have had certain testing which is not required of women who choose to birth in a hospital. In short many of the rules seem to do just one thing - make HB in Israel an almost impossible option for those who desire it.
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