A new center for women’s health was opened recently in the hareidi-religious neighborhood of Geula in Jerusalem. The clinic, called B’Shvilech (“For You”), was created by Sarah Siemiatycki, a hareidi health care professional who describes the clinic as a “one stop shop.”
Many hareidi women never receive basic medical exams, Siemiatycki said, saying the HMO system did not provide “wellness and education” for the community. HMO doctors sometimes make hareidi women uncomfortable by criticizing their choices, she said, particularly the choice to have many children. In contrast, B’Shvilech was founded by hareidi women, many of them immigrants from the United States, and respects patients’ adherence to Jewish law. The clinic has the support of many leading rabbis.