Category: Pregnancy & Childbirth

How to Create a Spiritual Birth Plan
By Marion Haberman
November 8, 2018
Only months after giving birth did I realize how much I could have benefited from a spiritual birth plan
Reconnecting to My Power as a Mother Through the Mikveh
By Hila Ratzabi
September 20, 2018
What I didn’t expect was how much fun it would be. Each time I dipped, and came up to speak my words, I smiled and laughed.
Design Your Own Ritual with a Little Help from a Rabbi
By Rabbi Kami Knapp
August 2, 2017
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.
Sometimes Happiness Takes Its Time
By Hila Ratzabi
March 1, 2016
As I push the stroller along the bumpy paved path of the local park, I feel rare sunlight on my face after a long winter. The season seems to be hinting at changing, while the cold breeze reminds me it’s not spring just yet. I needed to go outside, to see the sun today. It was a gray and isolating winter, as I stayed home for many days with my beautiful new baby. He had been born premature in November, and the five weeks that he spent in the hospital were one of the darkest times of my life. Though my son’s health always progressed well throughout that period, we were in limbo.
Preparing for a Child
By Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D.
March 12, 2014
The truth is that I didn’t lose control when I became a parent. I never had control. What I had was the illusion of control, the false conviction that my blessings were earned.
There is a Light
December 13, 2012
I notice how the increased light in my window is mirrored in my body, in my own “inner chambers,” and I feel great anticipation for this new phase of life.
A Ceremony Is Born
By Rabbi Danielle Stillman
October 12, 2012
The women who attended my blessing circle couldn’t believe the news when they heard it. I daresay everyone felt like they had a little bit to do with it—I certainly think they did.

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