Hanging a Shir Lamaalot at the Home of a New Mother and in the Hospital

1) It is customary to hang a Shir Lamaalot1 in the room of the new mother and the newborn, immediately upon the expectant mother’s arrival at the hospital.2 This serves as a safeguard for the mother etc., both during the birth itself so that it will proceed normally and easily,3 and also during the following days, so that they will survive for a long life.4

Another reason given is that this is a part of [the child’s] education so that the first thing that the child sees will be something holy (from this we may also infer how important it is to ensure that the child does not look at pictures of unclean things).5

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Reciting Tehillim During Delivery

2) According to the instructions issued by the Tzemach Tzedek to his sons during the birth of the Rebbe Maharash, the following chapters of Tehillim are recited: 1, 2, 3, 4, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 33, 47, 72, 86, 90, 91, 92, 93, 104, 112, and 113 to the end.6

The Husband’s Presence in the Delivery Room

3) It is obvious that the husband should not be present in the delivery room during the birth.7