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Safeguarding Mother, Baby and Doctor

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Safeguarding Mother, Baby and Doctor

According to Jewish custom, the Shir Lama’alot psalm is posted beside a newborn baby’s crib. This was commonplace when Jewish women gave birth in the atmosphere of their own homes. Nowadays, when most children are born in hospitals, it is vital to encourage Jewish mothers everywhere to have this Psalm in the delivery room and to post it in the room where the baby stays afterwards. This will help ease the birth process, strengthen the baby, and prepare the baby for a life of holiness.
Birth, Lubavitcher Rebbe
Safeguarding Mother, Baby and Doctor
Disc 8, Program 30

Event Date: 19 Kislev 5747 - December 21, 1986

According to Jewish custom, the Shir Lama’alot psalm is posted beside a newborn baby’s crib. This was commonplace when Jewish women gave birth in the atmosphere of their own homes.

Nowadays, when most children are born in hospitals, it is vital to encourage Jewish mothers everywhere to have this Psalm in the delivery room and to post it in the room where the baby stays afterwards. This will help ease the birth process, strengthen the baby, and prepare the baby for a life of holiness.

When this custom is explained, even a non-Jewish doctor will medically advise it. The mother’s peace of mind directly affects her own health and that of the baby. It will thus be important to the physician and to her husband, as well.

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Tom McCaffrey Dundalk, Eire. January 14, 2020

If the Admin. allows. Indeed it is a pity that these old traditional prayers are now almost a thing of the past. In my own Judaeo/Christian (Roman Catholic) the custom, probably from the Shir Lama'alot Psalm origin, of pinning what was known as an 'Agnus Dei' prayer in the pram, has now become a thing of the past. Reply

Ben Chicago January 12, 2020

Thank you very much for sharing this Reply

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