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500 yards from the birthplace of Jesus Christ, one special door is open to poor and expectant mothers.

60,000th Baby Born at Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem

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Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem is proud to announce that on December 19, 2013, a milestone birth occurred atHoly Family Hospital in Bethlehem: the 60,000th baby, Miriam, was born at 11:35 am!

Miriam is the daughter of Areej, 20, a second year university student majoring in Computer Science, and her husband, Ibrahim, 28, a pharmacist.

“I felt the contractions, and I directly contacted my doctor who assured me I have to go to the hospital,” said Areej. “I did not expect my delivery to be this easy and comforting, especially with my husband not here with me. He is traveling for work. The nurses made me feel like family, they did a great job comforting me and easing the pain.”

Areej specifically wanted to have her baby at Holy Family Hospital because of the good reputation it has. Her friends and family encouraged her to go there and ensured her she would receive great care.

With a large smile on her face Areej said, “I am so happy I selected this hospital, the staff here is great!”

 

 

Blessed Pope John Paul II named Holy Family Hospital one of the top 100 priorities for the Roman Catholic Church in the new millennium.

Holy Family Hospital is the only hospital in the West Bank providing: neo-natal intensive care, over 45 well woman programs, and long term hospitalization for high risk mothers.  Outreach programs such as the diabetes clinic and mobile van care for populations that have been neglected and untreated.

Palestinian women have for decades faced a multitude of health risks: restricted access to medical services due to occupation, a deteriorating economic situation, traditional cultural beliefs, and lack of adequate services.

A Christian Presence in Palestine

Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem is the premier maternity hospital and newborn critical care center for the Bethlehem region, four United Nations refugee camps and Bedouin encampments in the desert. Offering the poorest and most defenseless families a place of refuge, a place of promise and a place equipped to save their lives.

 

Did You Know?

  • The unemployment rate for people ages 15-24 is 47%, #5 on the world list.
  • The population of the West Bank, comprised of Christians and Muslims, is 2.6 million, 722,000 are recognized as refugees by United Nations Relief Works Agency.
  • The barrier wall is approximately 258 miles long restricting movement and access to jobs, healthcare and goods.
  • Holy Family Hospital serves as a Referral hospital to four refugee camps operated by UNRWA.

Our devotion has earned the respect of all communities in Palestine. Due to our excellent reputation and our respect for other’s dignity and religion, our share of all deliveries in the district of Bethlehem has increased from 37.3% to 59.5% in the last two years.”

- Dr. Jacques Keutgen, Former Director General, Caregivers