Monday, September 06, 2004

Be fruitful and multiply ... in Israel.

It seems that in that in Israel women of all ages are using IVF (invitro fertilization) in efforts
to bear children. The report on IVF in Israel points out that having more children is an important factor for Israeli families at this terrible time of increased terrorism. The Israeli government is currently offering free IVF for the first two children.

This child-friendly policy, which extends to restaurants, museums and even many workplaces, is one reason Israeli women have an average of 2.89 children during their lifetime: Jews overall average 2.64 kids; Muslims 4.58; and Christians 2.29. Mordechai Halperin, chief officer of medical ethics at the Ministry of Health, attributes the Jewish government's obsession with children to a number of historical, religious and demographic factors. "I think the main reason is the Holocaust," said Halperin, a physician and a rabbi. "After the Jewish people were murdered, it was a very basic national instinct to do whatever possible to ensure the survival of the Jewish people. It's sometimes unconscious, but it's an important motivator." More recent traumas have also led to a national push for children, Halperin said. "People lose children in wars and terror attacks and realize it is wise to have more than one. It's a factor but a more minor one," he said.

Interestingly enough the article points out that hypnosis has increased the likelihood of success
by 50%.