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Pregnancy  and  Birth

Mazel Tov! It's A Girl
Rabbi Baruch Finkelstein and Michal Finkelstein, R.N.

Baby girls do not have a bris (circumcision) with its accompanying pomp and festivity. Are they less important? Are we less joyous and thrilled over their birth than over the birth of a baby boy? Not at all...

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With Woman, With Life
Tova Hinda Siegel

“Midwife” is a word in old German meaning “with woman”. Historically, as well as today, it categorizes a specific profession in medicine.
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The Art of Baby Naming
Rabbi Aron Moss

My wife has entered the seventh month of pregnancy, and we have started discussing names for our baby. She wants something traditional but...

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Shir Hamalos

As expectant women approach their due dates a variety of emotions tend to surface. Some women are filled with excitement, anxiously anticipating the day that they will meet their baby face to face. 
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Birth of A Jewish Child
Rabbi Pinny and Chani Lew

Many couples have accepted the custom of announcing a pregnancy after the mother enters the fifth month. It does not apply to sharing the news in confidentiality with immediate family.
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The Eternal Covenant
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

A Bris is a covenant and through the millennia, Jews have kept this mitzvah like no other and have thereby maintained their eternal covenant with G-d. There were times when giving one's son a bris was punishable by death. 
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It's A Girl
Rabbi Aron Moss

Why don't we do a "Sholom Nekeiva" (lit. welcome female) upon the birth of a girl, as we do a Sholom Zochor for a baby boy?
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Who Is Rich?
Rabbi Aron Moss

Can I afford a large family? Should we have a big family and hope for divine assistance to maintain our standard of living?
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Do You Wish Mazel Tov?
Rabbi Aron Moss

I just found out that a friend is pregnant. She is quite observant so I want to do the right thing. Is it appropriate to say Mazal Tov to a pregnant woman?
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Can a Pregnant Woman Enter a Cemetery?
Rabbi Aron Moss

I have been told it is generally not the done thing in the Jewish religion to go to a cemetery when pregnant...
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A Message of Blessing for Mother and Child
Sichos in English

During the Yud-Tes Kislev farbrengen, 5747, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, recalled and discussed an interesting custom that has been forgotten in modern times.
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Happy Birthday!
Aviva Rappaport

We are a holy nation of holy people. With every breath we take and every action we do, we can express our spiritual greatness. Birth, especially, is a very elevating experience, and is, in many ways, a lot like Pesach (Passover).
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Mazel Tov! A Blessing for Mother and Child
Sichos in English

During the Yud-Tes Kislev farbrengan of 5747, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, recalled and discussed an interesting age-old custom which has gone out of style in modern times.
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CEO of the EU (Entire Universe)
Tova Hinda Siegel

Once again, I had the awesome privilege of participating in the birth of a new grandchild. My daughter, who is one of the emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, OBM, in Milan, Italy, came to visit us in L.A...
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Divine Labor
Chana Luba Ertel

It is written in Torah about the Hebrew women in Egypt, "For they are like midwives, before the midwife comes to them, they have given birth." (Exodus 1:19) 
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From A Medical Perspective
Lauren Picker

It was November 2003 when Mara Barth’s home pregnancy test revealed the happy news: She and her husband, Jeff, were going to have a baby. But just six weeks into her pregnancy, Mara, then 33, began having cramps followed by some light bleeding. 
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Beautiful, Beautiful Baby Day
Yael Hanover

April 11, 2006 - two days before Passover. I loaded my grocery cart with Matzoh, wine, grape juice, ground walnuts, romaine lettuce, eggs, Kosher salt - the essentials. 
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Jewish Population Control
Rabbi Yossy Goldman

The Torah speaks of the enslavement and bitter bondage of the Israelites in Egypt. In spite of the back-breaking oppression, the hardship and humiliation, the Jewish people would be forged in the fiery furnace of exile.
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A Jewish Education Begins at Birth
Sichos in English

Visual images have great impact on man's mind: What one sees can leave lasting impressions for good or bad.[1] Viewing sacred objects or images has positive benefits;[2] pictures of impure animals harm[3] the mind and soul.
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On the Eighth Day
Chana Sharfstein

I rush to the hospital to see both mother and newborn baby. To be perfectly honest, I focus much attention on The Baby once I have checked that the new mother is doing well – feeling the way a brand new mother usually feels.
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Naming A Child
Rabbi Pinny and Chani Lew

In general, the giving of a name should be looked upon as a great responsibility that involves serious consideration by the parents. In many places in Kabbalah and Chassidus it is explained...
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A Souls Safe Landing
Rabbi Aron Moss

Please G-d we are expecting a baby soon. We know that if it is a boy then we can't tell anyone his name until the Bris. But why?
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My Mikvah Baby
Katherine Agranovich

I am a Jew, but I am not religious. I light candles Friday night, but don't keep Shabbat. I don't eat pork, but I mix dairy and meat. I don't know the Hebrew prayers, but I speak to G d.
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Pidyon Haben - Redemption of a First Born Male
Rabbi Pinny and Chani Lew

G-d originally designated the firstborn as those who would carry out the priestly duty in the Mishkan (Sanctuary). Shortly after receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, the Jewish people collectively committed idolatry by serving the Golden Calf. 
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Bris Milah - Circumcision
Rabbi Pinny and Chani Lew

A Jew is commanded to circumcise his son on the eighth day after his birth, when his faculty of reason is not yet developed. This aspect signifies that a Jew is bound and committed to G-d at the earliest opportunity, in an absolute and all comprehensive way that transcends his reason and perception.
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Jewish Perspectives on the Birthing Experience
Roselle A. Lutwak, Ann Marie Ney, Judy E. White

A labor and delivery nurse concludes her report of a newly-delivered primigravida with the following comments: "I have some real concerns...
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Advice to an Expectant Mother
Jay Litvin

So, you're pregnant. Mazel Tov! I'm flattered to be asked and please, feel free to call or write anytime for advice. 
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Understanding the Observant Childbirth Experience
Dvora Green

Revised from a lecture given to a team of medical care professionals, this article addresses the often misunderstood behavior of observant couples during their hospital stay for birth and recovery.
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