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Are there certain prayers recited during and after birth?



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According to the instructions issued by the Tzemach Tzedek (the third Chabad Rebbe 1789-1866) to his sons during the birth of his youngest son - Rabbi Shmuel (the Rebbe Maharash 1834-1882) -- the following chapters of Psalms are to be recited by the family during labor and birth: 1-4, 20-24, 33, 47, 72, 86, 90-104, 112-150.

After the Birth of a Boy:

When a father hears about the birth of his son, he recites the blessing of "Hatov V'Hametiv" [Blessed are You... who is good and does good]. After the mother is able to wash her hands she recites the blessing of Shehecheyanu.

After the Birth of a Girl:

Following the birth of a daughter, the father (upon seeing his daughter) recites the blessing of Shehecheyanu. After the mother is able to wash her hands, she too recites the blessing of Shehecheyanu.

It is also customary to place Psalm 121 near the wife during labor, and afterwards in the baby's cradle, for protection. Please click here for a copy of the Psalm.

Additionally, some have the custom to recite the "Modeh ani" prayer with the newborn.

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[Ed. note: There are various customs regarding the blessings after birth. offers general Jewish information, and does not issue Halachic rulings. To find out the custom practiced in your community speak to a local Rov].



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Mitzvot » Blessings

Pertaining to Jewish Law.
A blessing recited on joyous occasions. The blessing thanks G-d for "sustaining us and enabling us to reach this occasion."
Chabad, an acronym for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, is the name of a Chassidic Group founded in the 1770s. Two of the most fundamental teachings of Chabad are the intellectual pursuit of understanding the divine and the willingness to help every Jew who has a spiritual or material need.
A Chassidic master. A saintly person who inspires followers to increase their spiritual awareness.
The Book of Psalms. One of the 24 books of the Bible. Compiled by King David; mostly comprised of poetic praise for G-d. A large part of our prayers are culled from this book.