Fertility, Pregnancy & Adoption

The longing for children shaped the lives of our matriarchs, and it continues to bring joy and sorrow to the lives of many people today. Medical advances have helped with infertility. However, those undergoing treatment often suffer during the process and crave a spiritual element to counterbalance the arduous clinical procedures. Miscarriages bring their own kind of loss and sorrow. On the other hand, the experience of pregnancy, the drama of giving birth, and the miracle of adoption are occasions for joy and wonder. We offer prayers for those who want to conceive, prayers for childbirth, rituals for parents preparing to adopt, mourning ceremonies for miscarriages and much more.


A Longing for Children

By Julie Stockler
This essay on grieving the inability to bear children relates the author's dialogue with her deceased grandmother about whether she has the permission to mourn.   more

Prayer before an Examination

By Rabbi Michelle Goldsmith
This prayer aims to bring a spiritual presence to the potentially sterile and technological experience of a doctor's visit   more

Prayer for Those Having Difficulty Conceiving

By Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin
This prayer, based on the Song of Songs and Psalm 22, for those having difficulty conceiving is phrased in the plural and written in the voice of a married couple. It is easily adaptable for an infertile person to say on her or his own.   more

Prayers for Artificial Insemination

By Rabbi Diane Cohen
Biblical verses used to form three prayers "to be said before a procedure", "Verses to be said upon insemination" and "Verses to be recited upon arising from a procedure."   more

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By Rachel Boimwall
A contemporary poem on the desire to conceive   more

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The Bath

By Lynn E. Levin
A contemporary poem that addresses "the stain" of blood which, when trying to get pregnant, "becomes a sign of failure, of sadness, of emptiness, of death"   more