Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

When a High-Risk Pregnancy is Confirmed (women)

high-risk-pregnancy_78021567_s300x300This is a prayer to be said by a woman with a high-risk pregnancy. An optional phrase, for a multiple pregnancy, is shown in [brackets]. In the coming weeks I’ll post a new prayer for the spouse or partner to say when a high-risk pregnancy is confirmed. This is one of several new prayers on pregnancy, both the joys and the potential challenges. Here’s a link to a prayer to be said by a woman in fertility treatment, another for a man in fertility treatment and one to be said “To a Spouse/Partner during Fertility Treatments.” I’ve already posted a general prayer for pregnancy and two others for use after the loss of a pregnancy. This series of prayers appears in my book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

When a High-Risk Pregnancy is Confirmed (women)
Source of Life,
With joy and celebration,
With hope and gratitude,
With care and caution,
Knowing the risks and challenges ahead,
I/We pause to give thanks
For this pregnancy,
This potential for new life.

Grant my doctors wisdom
And my body strength
So that I may know the holiness and wonder,
The radiance and light,
Of carrying life and giving birth,
And the joy of motherhood.

God of love,
Grant me/us [this child/these children]
In the fullness of health,
In the fullness of joy,
The gift of generations,
A gift of glory beyond measure.

© 2013 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Other prayers in this series include “For Pregnancy,” “Loss of Pregnancy” and “Loss of Pregnancy (Husband/Partner).” Please also see: “On the Birth of a Child” and “On the Birth of Grandchildren.” For more prayers about family, click here. Please consider purchasing a copy of my book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

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2 Responses to “When a High-Risk Pregnancy is Confirmed (women)”

  1. Miriam Dunn

    Thank you, 1,000 times thank you!

    My much-loved daughter Sarah called tonight to let us know she and her husband are 6 weeks pregnant with their first child. We are overjoyed and humbled by the miracle of this pregnancy.
    At the same time we are fearful for my severely arthritic daughter and her body that is already so badly broken down. And so I went to the web and here is your prayer. I wept. My husband wept.
    And we prayed this prayer. And again.

    Thank you. We’re going to have a baby!!!!!

    God’s blessings,
    Miriam

    Reply
    • Alden

      Miriam, thank you for sharing this story. I have a sense of your journey. My father z”l was a childhood rheumatoid arthritic. The amount of pain he endured was heroic. Besha’ah tova — “in a blessed time” — to Sarah and your whole family. Alden

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