Pregnancy & Childbirth

It is a blessing to create and carry life in our bodies. Giving birth is one of life’s great privileges. It allows us to partner with the divine in the act of creation. Historically, Judaism provided scant opportunity to mark this occasion. Here, we offer prayers and rituals for celebrating this unique and wondrous experience.

A Ceremony Is Born

by Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The women who attended my blessing circle couldn’t believe the news when they heard it. I daresay everyone felt like they had a little bit to do with it—I certainly think they did.   more
Blog Post

Birkat ha-Gomel

Traditional prayer of thanks for a mother after delivering a child, or for one who has recently escaped danger or returned safely from a journey   more
Prayer

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Sacred Screaming

By Lori Hope Lefkovitz
On the absence of ritual at the birth of daughters, with suggestions for new rituals for conception, pregnancy, and childbirth   more
Article

Life in the Womb

Based on the Zohar
A fanciful account, based on the Zohar, a mystical text, describing a baby's life in the womb, during which time, a candle burns over the baby's head enabling her to see from one end of the universe to the other and the angels teach her all of Torah.   more
Reading

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