by Sheila Stanger

Instructions for the Birthing team

As many of you already know, there’s more than dress alone that makes Hassidic and ultra-Orthodox couples very different from other couples we very different from other couples we see on the labor and delivery floor. Increasingly, Orthodox and Hassidic couples are taking childbirth classes, and the men are accompanying their wives though labor and delivery. Also, this population has so many babies —couples average five to seven children — that we tend these days to see lots and lots of very religious Jews in labor and delivery. So it’s important that we understand who this population is, and how we can best serve their special needs.

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