Jerusalem – A 42 year old Meah Shearim woman gave birth to her twentieth child yesterday, a record number even at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center which is accustomed to seeing patients with a double digit number of children.
Professor Simcha Yagel, head of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department said that he had not heard of any woman having given birth to that many children in recent years in Israel, reported Arutz Sheva (http://bit.ly/2BfhbF4).
This was the 19th pregnancy for the unidentified woman, who delivered twins in her previous birth.
Midwife Aliza Altmark said that the woman expressed surprise during the early stages of labor that things were proceeding slower than they had with her other children.
“I explained to her that things can change with every birth and promised her that everything would be fine,” said Altmark who has been working as a midwife at Hadassah for approximately eight years.
Things sped up as the labor progressed and Altmark said that it was an emotional moment when the woman first held the newborn in her arms.
“It was clear that the was the same love and feeling that you have at every birth no matter how many children you already have at home,” said Altmark.