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Giving Birth on Shabbat

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==Arival at hospital==
# One should try to be cognizant of the fact that:
 
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## the hospital may have electric doors, therefore only manual doors should be used unless this causes her undue hardship(as she may be in no condition to find a manual door).<ref>
|Chazon Ish O.C. 50:9 says to walk right behind a non-Jew, see Yalkot Yosef 4:28, 29, Rivevos Ephraim 5:268</ref> In fact, if she has a strong need to have her husband walk in with her he may do so as well.<ref>
|Minchas Shlomo:1, Hilchos Refuah 1 pg. 36</ref>
 
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## similarly, the elevator should only be used by the expectant woman and any significant other should take the stairs unless she wants them with her.
==Actual labor==
 
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# In the event that a woman feels any contractions, even if she is not certain if it is true labor, she may make any phone calls necessary.<ref>
|Shevet Halaivi 8:88</ref> There are three other signs however that would allow a woman to do any melacha, even acts that are usually biblically prohibited (i.e. turning on lights, driving etc.). These signs are:
 
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## she cannot walk unassisted<ref>
|Shabbos 129a</ref>
 
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## she sees a flow of blood<ref>
|S.A. 330:3</ref>
 
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## if she is on the birthing table
==Post delivery==
 
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# After the delivery one may not have a non-Jew call the home of the parents/in-laws to notify them of the gender of the baby since there is no real medical need to notify any of them of such information it would not warrant asking a non-Jew to do ''melacha'' in order to accomplish such a deed.<ref>
|Psak said b'shem R' Tuvia Goldstien zt”l, see Nishmas Shabbos 4:436,437. In the event that the woman is very sick or the parents are excessively nervous and beside themselves with worry there may be grounds to have a non-Jew call the hospital to find out the specifics of her health</ref>
 
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