MK Merav Ben Ari gives birth to daughter

Kulanu MK gives birth Saturday morning, but waits until Sunday for public announcement.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Merav Ben Ari
Merav Ben Ari
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MK Merav Ben Ari (Kulanu) on Sunday morning announced via Twitter the birth of a daughter, born on Saturday morning.

Ben Ari also published a picture of her daughter, who was born in Tel Aviv's Sourasky Medical Center, and thanked the well-wishers for their comments.

"Thanks so much to all those who congratulated me. For all my planning, I didn't understand anything until it actually happened. The baby planned everything perfectly, I attended the Knesset meeting and on Shabbat (Saturday) morning she was born," Ben Ari tweeted.

In September 2016, Ben Ari told Yediot Ahronot that she was pregnant and planning to co-parent together with a gay friend.

"I'm not the first MK to be pregnant, but I'm the only single MK who got pregnant from a gay friend, out of wedlock," 42-year-old Ben Ari said in September. "Two years ago, I told the mother, 'I have nothing that is actually mine. I don't have my own home - I'm the only party member who signed up for the Mechir Lemishtaken project, to buy a subsidized apartment. I don't have my own car - it belongs to the Knesset. And I don't have a child.'

"So I spoke to Ofir, a friend of mine for many years. He's gay, he's smart, and he's a terrific guy. And I said, 'Why don't we have a kid and raise him together?' And Ofir agreed.

"I'm telling this story to inspire and strengthen other women, to give them the strength not to give up on their right to have a child - even if they don't have a partner."