Hadassah On Call: New Frontiers in Medicine

This Israeli Midwife Believes Her Job is Her Calling

US-born midwife Gila Zarbiv talks about her lifelong passion for Israel and why she became a certified nurse midwife. You’ll also hear about her research on the impact #MeToo has on OB/GYNs and midwives, and what it’s like to help women of all faiths at Hadassah Hospital.


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About this episode

Episode 23: In this episode, our new host, Benyamin Cohen, traveled to Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem to chat with Midwife Gila Zarbiv about what inspired her to choose this career, what exactly a midwife does at Hadassah and her research on how the #MeToo movement is impacting the OB-GYN field.

Gila Zarbiv was born in the U.S. and fell in love with Israel as an 8-year-old, managing to spend as much time as she could in the Mediterranean country — a gap year after high school and every summer and winter vacation throughout college. After she graduated Yeshiva University in New York, she moved to Israel and began her nursing studies at the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing.

It was at Hadassah Hospital where met her husband. He was studying to become a doctor, and she had made the decision to become a registered nurse and certified midwife.

Gila personifies Hadassah Hospital through and through — with her devotion to Israel and to her patients. Check out these behind-the-scenes photos.

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Learn more about Gila's work at Hadassah hospital:

Gila Zarbiv on Neonatal Miracles and Bridges to Peace

A Pregnancy in Trouble, Saved by Midwife Zarbiv

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This episode is hosted by Benyamin Cohen and edited by Skyler Inman and the team at the offices of Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America, in both New York and Israel.

This episode is sponsored by The Branch podcast and Hadassah Israel Travel.

The Branch podcast offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Jews and Arabs in Israel forging meaningful relationships. Presented by Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of America and hosted by veteran journalist Dina Kraft, The Branch shines a light on the stories of people living the example of a shared society. Together. Even though it's complicated.

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