Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 98, Summer 2011.Subscribe to Midwifery Today Magazine Author’s Note: All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the women whose stories are shared here. In recent years, 20,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Israel from Africa, by way of the Egyptian desert. Many… Read more…. In Search of Hope for Rita
Mindy Levy, CNM, MA, is a homebirth midwife and the owner of Agoola Birth Center in Beit Lechem Haglilit, Israel. She promotes the empowerment of midwives and mothers by teaching midwives, doulas and childbirth educators about physiological birth. She is a member of a coexistence group of Israeli and Palestinian Midwives of Peace and volunteers with African refugee women to promote women’s health and well-being.