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Links and laws on Taharat Hamishpacha (laws of family purity) after perinatal loss.

If a woman miscarries within 40 days of her last mikvah visit, she should count at least five days from the day she begins bleeding, and then seven ‘clean’ days from the day her bleeding stops, as with a ‘regular’ period.

After 40 days, if the baby’s gender could be recognised, she must not immerse in the mikvah until at least 7 days from the beginning of the bleeding/D&C process if the baby was male, or at least 14 days if the baby was female. She must also count seven ‘clean’ days from the day the bleeding stops entirely.

Click here for the website of the women’s Yoatzot Halacha program at Nishmat, for a list of FAQs on miscarriage/stillbirth. Yoatzot halacha are women halachic consultants, trained by Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. They are certified by a panel of Orthodox rabbis to be a resource for women with questions in the halachic area of Taharat Hamishpachah, who are more comfortable discussing personal issues with another woman.

You can also call Nishmat’s Golda Koschitzky women’s halachic hotline, on 972-2-640-4343, or toll-free from the United States and Canada on 1-877-YOETZET (1-877-963-8938). The toll free call is a public service contributed by IDT Corporation, a multinational provider of telecom, Internet, and video services.

Hours: Israel time Sunday – Thursday: 18:00 – 24:00;  Saturday night: from ½ hour after Shabbat is over until midnight.

The Hotline, websites, and all yoatzot services, are supported entirely by private donations. The Hotline is under the supervision of Nishmat rabbis Rabbi Yaakov Varhaftig and Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin, with whom the yoazot consult for rabbinic ruling (psikah). The yoatzot are available to provide you with information and to help you deal with halachic problems. In certain cases, the yoatzot may be able to provide professional referrals.  A call to the Hotline is anonymous and discreet.


In the UK, Dayan Lopian (amongst many other halachic authorities) is experienced in answering questions in this area. He can be reached at 020 8952 3720.

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