Jerusalem – Charedi Woman Gives Birth During Vow Of Silence, Hiding Newborn


    (File Photo AP)Jerusalem – A woman who gave birth alone in her Jerusalem home over the weekend hid the baby under her dress, umbilical cord intact and placenta hidden in a bag next to her bed, and refused to tell anyone about the birth or allow paramedics to examine the baby, because she had pledged not to speak until Shabbat ended Saturday night.

    Police and paramedics eventually wrested the infant away from his mother, an ultra-Orthodox woman in her 30s who lives in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Shaul, because they were concerned she was endangering his life. The woman had refused to tell anyone she had given birth to the baby Saturday morning, while her husband was at synagogue, because she did not want to break her vow of silence.

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