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Does a woman need to cover her hair during childbirth or other major medical procedures?

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Why would you believe otherwise? –  Gershon Gold May 15 '12 at 16:42
@GershonGold 1) lo nit'na torah l'malachei hashares 2)choleh sh'yeish bo sakana 3) kavod ha'brios (are we really going to ask her to hold onto her tichel while pushing out a baby?) 4)this is not a situation that is conducive to hirhur aveirah (similar to sotah) –  Identitytheft-Dave May 15 '12 at 16:45
Since it was not Nitna to angels, therefore she should keep her hair covered. What does Sakana have to do with uncovering her hair? What is the Sakana of keeping it covered? Why does she need to hold it? If it is fitting properly it remains on? –  Gershon Gold May 15 '12 at 16:50
@GershonGold #1 is a general principle that the torah does not ask people to be angelic, meaning to go to superhuman lengths. similar to "Hashem does not overly trouble his creations". #2 if her life is in danger she should be exempt from extraneous actions and focus on the task at hand #3 I don't even know how to respond to that except to say it ain't always so pashut -- but in any case if it does fall off would she have to put it back on? Can I assume you concur with point #4? –  Identitytheft-Dave May 15 '12 at 16:55
I'll add one additional reason: During childbirth, she is exposing her actual erva. Saying, "I must cover my hair for modesty while you focus on my gynecological bits" seems patently ridiculous. That said, the story is told of a woman who, on meeting her new gynecologist, refused to shake his hand because of negia. Ridiculous as it is, it might be the halacha. –  Ze'ev Felsen Jul 24 '12 at 5:26

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