A gentile midwife

* This article is an excerpt from the above Sefer

A gentile midwife:[1]

One is not to have a Gentile midwife help a Jewish woman give birth, even if she is an expert, unless there are other Jewish women in the room, due to worry of danger [that she will kill the child]. However, one may have a Gentile midwife in the home of a Jew, if there are other Jews that are there or that will constantly enter and leave. [The Poskim[2], however, conclude that this only applied in previous times when there was no governmental oversight in the birth ward, however, today that the birth is performed under supervision in the hospital, one may have even a Gentile midwife.]


[1] Michaber Y.D. 154:1; See Shach 154:1; Taz 154:1; Beis Yaakov 104; Pischeiy Teshuvah 154; Darkei Teshuvah 154:1; Sefer Shemiras Haguf Vihanefesh [Lerner] 143:1

[2] Toras Hayoledes 8 footnote 5; Sefer Shemiras Haguf Vihanefesh [Lerner] 143:4

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