"Be fruitful and multiply" - the first mitzvah in the Written Torah! The first blessing given to new parents is that they may raise their child "...to the chupah"; and before the chupah the blessing given to bride and groom is that they may be fruitful and multiply. Procreation, and the mitzvos and ceremonies attending and following the birth - bris, giving a name, pidyon haben - are among the most joyous occasions in the life cycle of the Jew.

As with all aspects of Jewish life, pregnancy and childbirth are governed by laws and Halachos codified in the Shulchan Aruch and Poskim. These laws have traditionally been supplemented by customs that arose over the millennia of Jewish history. Some customs have become universal, some belong exclusively to certain continents or countries, and some are local to specific towns, villages, or communities.

This book is an anthology of the Chabad customs regarding childbirth, including pregnancy, childbirth, circumcision, Redemption of the Firstborn, and the birth of girls.

Preface to the Original Hebrew Edition Preface to the English Edition Chapter 1: Conduct During Pregnancy Chapter 2: Conduct During Childbirth Chapter 3: Customs of Bris Milah Chapter 4: Names Chapter 5: Pidyon Haben Chapter 6: Customs at the Birth of a Girl Chapter 7: Miscellaneous