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Giving Birth on Shabbat

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==Preparation for the Hospital==
# It would be ideal to: pay a taxi company prior to [[Shabbos]],<ref>Sefer Yad L'Yoledes 4:1b</ref> or prepare the money (plus tip)<ref>Kovetz Ohr Hashabbos 8</ref> in an envelope beforehand (this is advisable as if one gives a very large bill it is prohibited to accept change back from the driver on [[Shabbos]])<ref>Shemirat [[Shabbat]] KeHilchata 32:55</ref>
# Some poskim say that if possible, a woman in her ninth month of pregnancy should try to stay in close proximity to the hospital on Shabbat, in order to minimize the amount of chilul Shabbat.<ref>Rabbi Hershel Schachter ([ Shiur 12 Inyonei Nidda] at around 56 minutes in and [ cited by his son Rabbi Shay Schachter]). Since the Magen Avraham 330:1 quotes from the Sefer Chassidim 828 that when a woman enters her ninth month, she should prepare as much as possible before Shabbat, being closer to the hospital is included.</ref> Others say that she does not need to arrange to stay close to the hospital for [[Shabbat]] when it is too hard. <ref>Sefer Yad L'Yoledes 4:1f, Shemirat [[Shabbat]] KeHilchata 36:6 in the name of the Chazon Ish and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Rav Avigdor Neventzal (Notes to Beyitzchak Yika're on Mishna Brura 330:9), Nishmat Avraham 330:3, Chacham Ovadia Yosef (Halichot Olam vol. 4 Parashat Tetzaveh Ot 47, and Chazon Ovadia Shabbat 3:pg. 221321 and Chazon Ovadia Avelut Vol. 1 pg. 52-54), Divrei Yatziv OC 170 <br />
* Rav Osher Weiss (Minchas Asher 1:25) writes that the Sefer Chassidim is, as its name suggests, merely a middat chassidut without any real source. Therefore, it is not worthwhile to burden the whole family with having to move for Shabbat, or burden somebody else with hosting you.
* Although in Orchos Rabbenu (pg. 160) it is told that the Chazon Ish told his sister that she should stay near the hospital when she was in her ninth month, that is not really the strict law.</ref> However, if she feels the labor coming on, she should try to get to the hospital before Shabbat.<ref>Ketzot Hashulchan 130:Badei Hashulchan 3, Yalkut Yosef 330:3, Torat Hayoledet pg. 17 </ref>
==Transportation to hospitalHospital==
# It is halachically preferable to have a non-Jew drive to the hospital. <ref>Be'er Moshe 6:51</ref>
# Anyone who will help the expectant mother in both the physiological and/or psychological realms is permitted to be picked up and driven along with the woman. Included in this may be a husband, mother, mother-in-law, dula, birthing coach etc. assuming that they will provide physical and/or mental support to the woman in question.<ref>Igros Moshe O.C. 1:132g</ref>

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