With the end of 2018, Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center once again established itself as one of the world’s most active maternity hospitals, recording 22,398 deliveries, the most in the hospital’s more than 117-year old history. This number translated to 22,748 babies: 11,671 boys and 11,077 girls including 327 multiple births.
This feat is reflective of the hospital’s continued growth and translates to an average of 61 deliveries in every 24-hour period — a record for any Israeli hospital and believed to be among the most active anywhere in the Western world.
“Over the past decade, the number of babies born in our hospital has doubled and with it the level of satisfaction that parents attribute to their experience at Shaare Zedek,” says Professor Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Shaare Zedek. “Mothers come from all the different demographic communities we are blessed to serve and we provide every couple with the chance to experience this critical moment in their lives in a way that works best for them while ensuring the optimal safety and health for mother and child.”
In recent years, Shaare Zedek has opened new maternity facilities including “rooming-in” options, a fourth Mother and Infant Department and a post-partum hotel where mothers benefit from a heightened level of comfort and privacy. “We are proud to offer multiple approaches to pain-reduction including acupuncture as well as traditional approaches provided by our highly trained team of obstetricians and anesthesiologists,” Professor Grisaru-Granovsky says. “And whenever the couple expresses interest in a ‘natural birth’ we also do our utmost to respect those wishes while ensuring the safest experience for all involved.”
Including the Downtown campus, which previously housed Bikur Cholim Hospital, Shaare Zedek operates a total of six Mother and Infant Departments, each with its own Well-Baby nursery. Twenty delivery suites are supported by four dedicated operating theaters for cesarean births. Over 100 highly-trained midwives, many with decades of experience, work alongside a team of obstetricians and nurses.
For premature and congenitally-ill infants, Shaare Zedek is able to respond with Israel’s largest and most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“The continuously expanding number of parents who choose us for this special time in their lives is the ultimate proof that we are providing a stellar service where every mother feels in the best hands,” says Shaare Zedek Director General Professor Jonathan Halevy. “We take pride in giving every new child a level of care that allows parents to appreciate that we share a heavy responsibility for their welfare and that of the baby. That has been our vision for over 117 years and the same one that we will embrace for many years to come.”
In addition to the impressive numbers of births in our maternity departments, the hospital reported numerous other records in medical care including:
• 92,400 adult emergency cases
• 35,800 pediatric emergency cases
• 31,500 cases referred to the Gynecology and Maternity Emergency Departments
• 33,000 Procedures performed in the Surgery Departments
• 700,000 Cases treated in the Outpatient Departments and Units