Brachot on seeing newborn
1 January, 2004
I have heard there are specific brachot to be said during labor and upon first seeing your newborn child, but am having trouble finding out what they are. Could you please inform me?
The only thing that we are aware of is saying hatov ve hameitiv with the birth of a boy and shehechianu for the birth of a girl as described in the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 223 (see the comment of the Mishnah Brurah for the possible blessing for a girl). The Rema, however, points out that many are not particular to say these blessings.
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