Having an Available Rabbi
Many halachic questions come up over the course of any NICU journey, from electric doors in hospitals to medical decisions. It is helpful to have a rabbinical authority who is available to answer your questions as they come up.
Additionally, when asking for Halachic rulings regarding medical issues, please keep in mind that some, but not all Rabbis are experts in preemie care. If you intend on asking anyone medical advice please be sure to inquire about the extent of their knowledge in this particular field. If your usual Rabbi is unfamiliar or inexperienced with preemies, it is okay to ask him for a recommendation of someone that is.
Keep in mind that when dealing with premature infants many halachic leniencys may apply. Don’t hesitate to ask your Rabbi any questions you may have.
Questions you may want to ask your Rabbi:
- What is permissible on Shabbos and Yom Tov in caring for a new mother? (like electronic beds, call buttons, elevators and electronic doors)
- What is permissible on Shabbos in caring for a premature infant?
- Can a caregivers communicate with the hospital staff on Shabbos and Yom Tov?
- What is permissible regarding pumping for a preemie on Shabbos and Yom Tov?