Maternity ward

Delivery Rooms

Welcome to the delivery rooms of the Ziv Medical Center. 

Our joint mission is to ensure a safe, easy, and pleasant birth for the mother and the whole family. In order to fulfill this important task, a skilled and experienced team of doctors, midwives, and nurses lead a tradition of excellence and constant aspiration to improve services. 

We invest a great deal of effort in professionalizing the staff, in investing in infrastructure, and in introducing new technologies in the fields of midwifery, follow-up, and treatment. 

The staff of the Ziv Medical Center's delivery rooms accommodates the needs of every woman in labor, creating an atmosphere that respects her worldview and provides her with a complete and unique birth experience. 

Much thought has been invested in the design of the department's new delivery rooms, to ensure that the mother's stay and all accompanying stays will be as pleasant as possible. Each of the seven rooms is air-conditioned and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and all have a private bathroom and shower. 

The two natural delivery rooms are modeled after hotel rooms and are equipped with a jacuzzi and wireless monitors. 

Delivery Room Staff 

Senior Physicians:
Dr. Stephanie Kral is in charge of the delivery room
Dr. Sirotinsky Leonid
Dr. Srour Talat
Dr. Imad Mustafa
Dr. Azogi Gadi
Dr. Hatib Raja
Dr. Gendler Svetlana 

Head nurse, Birth room: Ms. Mira Eli
Deputy Head Nurse: Ms. Gabriela Sabo

Ms. Suheila Ghanem
Ms. Rina Hanan
Ms. Naomi Hod
Ms. Anat Suissa
Ms. Wafa Wahba
Ms. Liron Ben Zaken
Ms. Adi Apote
Ms. Galina Zeitlin
Ms. Stav Zoran
Ms. Batsheva Tzahori
Ms. Nehama Paltiel
Ms. Amira Heib
Ms. Suad Marib
Ms. Dahan Hofit
Ms. Suleiman Najwan
Ms. Alter Aviv
Ms. Lobowski Mika
Ms. Davidson Ruth
Ms. Haib Amira
Ms. Simchi Maya
Ms. Peltiel Nechama

Ms. Ruth Biton
Ms. Michal Shelly
Ms. Cohen Zazi 

Support and Administration:
Ms. Michal Hemo
Ms. Margalit Ben-Chelouche
Mrs. Kurtovich Frida

Newborn Care Unit 

Department Director: Professor Eric Shinwell 

Deputy Director of the Department: Dr. Yigal Protonov 

Senior Physicians:
Dr. Rita Davidson, Senior Physician
Dr. Natalia Kreuger, Senior pPhysician 

Ms. Vara Lellouche, Head Nurse
Ms. Shoshi Aputa, Deputy Head Nurse
Secretary: Ms. Mazal Allalouf 

Department Description:
The department includes preterm neonates, newborns with low birth weight, and infants with special problems, especially in the respiratory, cardiac or blood systems, and require special supervision and intensive care alongside all the usual treatments in obstetrics. 

When a newborn is ill or underweight, the first task is his multi-system monitoring: verifying normal activity and heart rate and proper breathing. Make sure that the newborn does not "forget" to breathe and that the gas level in his blood (oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH) is normal. 

The unit includes a multidisciplinary team of doctors and counselors from various fields of expertise, such as a pediatric cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, social workers, and nurses specially trained to care for newborns. Staff makes it a priority to assist parents with personal and familial difficulties during hospitalization. 

In the last two years, the department has introduced innovative treatment for nitric oxide (NO), which extends blood vessels and the treatment of high frequency artificial ventilation. 

Ziv Medical Center is the only regional center in the North and the Galilee, serving a population of approximately 120,000 residents and about 3,000 births a year. Of the total births, 15% of the newborns require hospitalization in the intensive care ward of the Department for Special Care in the Newborn. 

Newborns that weigh less than 2,000 grams are treated with an incubator, whose main function is to warm the newborn, maintain a constant body temperature, and prevent infections. 

The incubator makes it possible to see the baby well, especially the color of his skin, and his respiratory and motor activity. 

The incubator also makes it possible to comfortably operate the newborn-connected systems, such as respirators, infusion pumps, and electrodes of the monitors.

Location: The department is located on the fourth floor of the main building through the maternity ward.

Number of beds: The department consists of 15 beds - 6 for intensive care, 4 for intermediate care and the rest for newborns in the recovery process. 

Contact Information:
Department: 04-6828971, 04-6828972
Secretary: 04-6828963
Fax: 04-6828472, 04-6828964
Head Nurse, Ms. Vara Lellouche:
Deputy Head Nurse, Ms. Shoshi Apote:
Secretary, Ms. Mazal Allalouf: 

Please note our new visiting hours in the Maternity Ward:

Sunday – Friday: 13.00 – 14.00 , 16:00-19:00

Saturday: 16.00 – until 2 hours after the end of the Sabbath.

Partner / husband is welcome until 21.00.
A female companion only can stay for the night.
To allow the new mother to rest and recuperate, visitors will be allowed only during visiting hours.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Information for parents
During your first visit to the department, the mother and her baby will be identified and you will be instructed by the department nurse regarding the department's procedures and behavior - special clothing, hand washing, etc. The department staff will accompany you at every stage of your newborn care - feeding, changing diapers, dressing and bathing, and if necessary, training with special treatments that your baby will need. 

In order to ensure that full attention is given to you, we recommend that you coordinate with the department's nurses the date of your visit. 

For additional questions or requests, please contact the department manager, who will be happy to talk to you every day from 10:00 to 12:00. 

Maternity Ward Staff 

Dr. David Peleg - Head of the Department of Pregnancy and Obstetric Complications
Head nurse: Ms. Rachel Levy
Deputy Head Nurse: Ms. Nella Stiebelman

Daily Agenda and Visiting Hours 

The agenda includes a wake-up call for breastfeeding (if desired), a doctor's visit, training activities and workshops in the department, meals, and visiting guests. 

The meals are especially suited for nursing mothers, with an emphasis on food quality and nutritional value.The women have access to the dining room 24 hours a day including an assortment of dairy products, breads, and hot and cold drinks. 

The duration of hospitalization varies according to the type of birth. If you have a birth with no complications, you are expected to be released after 72 - 96 hours. If postpartum complications (such as fever, anemia, and others) occur, tests and treatments will be performed as needed. 

Smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the entire medical center and in the maternity ward in particular. 

Please note our new visiting hours in the Maternity Ward: 

Sunday – Friday: 13.00 – 14.00 , 16:00-19:00

Saturday: 16.00 – until 2 hours after the end of the Sabbath.

Partner / husband is welcome until 21.00.
A female companion only can stay for the night.
To allow the new mother to rest and recuperate, visitors will be allowed only during visiting hours.

Your spouse can stay by your side indefinitely, except at night as it is not permitted to sleep in the maternity ward.


The best food for a newborn is mother's milk. It contains antibodies that help defend against infectious and allergic diseases and contains insulin hormones and growth hormone.In the first few days, the amount of milk you may have may seem small to you, but it is sufficient for the baby in terms of nutrition. 

When to breastfeed: according to the baby's request - usually every hour, every two hours, or every three hours, in ascending order in the first three days. 

Breastfeeding Duration: Depending on the baby's needs, usually 5-15 minutes from each breast. Later, breastfeeding times will be determined by what the baby needs. 

Bottle feeding: A breastfed newborn does not need any supplement. For those who will bottle-feed, the department also has Materna Mehadrin formula and a vegetarian formula. 

Milk storage in the open air: in the summer for two hours, in winter for three hours.
In the refrigerator: Up to 24 hours.

Rest: After feeding and burping the baby for about 15 minutes, it is important to keep the baby on his back or side. 

Weight: Newborns lose weight within the first 3 days after birth, followed by a gradual increase in weight. 

Caring for the Newborn 

After the birth, the newborn is transferred to the nursery. The newborn is held in the nursery between 4-6 hours to allow you to rest and in order to thoroughly examine the baby. Afterwards, your baby will be brought to you by a ward nurse, who will provide guidance in nursing, feeding, and care for the umbilical cord. 

The Newborn Legacy Department includes the following tests and actions: 

·Washing and heating (as needed) after receiving the newborn from the delivery room 

·Treatment of the umbilical cord followed by treatment with anti-bacterial solution, to prevent infection, as recommended by the Ministry of Health. Over the course of the hospitalization (up to the age of one week) cleansing and drying of the umbilical is continued 

·Applying antibiotic ointment to the eyes immediately after birth to prevent infection 

·Vitamin K injection, as recommended by the Ministry of Health. Vitamin K is essential for the continuation of the body's clotting system, hemorrhages, and diarrhea. 

·First vaccination against hepatitis B for newborns 2.5 kg and over, or just before discharge from the hospital 

·Blood test for thyroid-related diseases. On the third day after birth (never before 48 hours), These tests are not always 100% accurate when testing for the above mentioned diseases or any other condition. Other tests will be conducted if deemed appropriate according to the wellbeing of the newborn. 

Remember: you have the right to withhold consent to perform these tests or treatments. This should be notified in advance and in writing to the director of the neonatal department. Failure to refuse any treatments will be considered as consent to perform recommended tests. For any questions or requests for clarification, please contact the staff. 

·Any other tests or diagnostic procedures according to the recommendations of the medical team. Information about this will be brought to your attention in advance. 

·Jaundice: many newborns tend to have a slightly yellow color, but normally this does not require any further medical action. 

Safety: After receiving the newborn you are responsible for its wellbeing.Therefore, do not leave the newborn unattended under any circumstances.Do not leave it on the surface of the bed, nor on the crib.Prior to discharge, do not leave your room while holding your newborn, except via the crib.

Visiting physicians 

The doctors' visits are attended by a nurse and a pediatrician, including a senior physician who is an expert in neonatology. The visit is meant to check if there is a change in the newborn's condition, and this is the right time to ask and clarify any problem with your baby. 

Do not forget to give us any medical information related to you or your family that may affect your baby. 

Doctor's visit hours: Morning - 09:00AM - 11:00AM, evening - 5:00PM - 600PM. 

The department director receives parents for discussion, or if there is a request for another opinion, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM in his office. There is usually no need for prior arrangement.

Release from the Hospital 

On the day you discharge from the hospital you will receive a training and preparation page for the newborn's release. The baby will be checked again and a senior physician (only) will confirm his release. 

On the day of discharge, the newborn will be followed by a blood sample for the following tests: T4 + PKU and others. 

You will be given two copies of a summary of the hospitalization. In the summary, test results will be provided, instructions for continued nutrition and medical treatment if required, and briefings as necessary. 

Time of release: Every 

day (except on Fridays and holidays) from 12:00PM until 2:00PM.