I came across an article about a woman with two wombs giving birth twice, nearly a month apart. How should such a woman deal with all the regular rules after giving birth.

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    How is this different from regular twins? I don't understand what you are unsure about.
    – Double AA
    Apr 27 '20 at 14:58
  • @DoubleAA Basically since they are born a month apart rather than together as regular twins, would she start counting again. Since they would start nidah at different times, she would probably have to restart the count when either womb emits blood. Apr 27 '20 at 16:11
  • @sabba twins are born on different days about 1% of the time. How is this different
    – Double AA
    Apr 27 '20 at 16:16
  • @DoubleAA ‘unsure’ isn’t the case here, I reformulated my question. All I wanted to know is how to deal with all the rules, because this seems to be a unique situation.
    – Levi
    Apr 27 '20 at 18:56
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    1. She does not need two wombs for this to happen. (This is documented in medical literature, independent of halachah.) 2. What makes you think she would not count from the end time, however you define that, of the latest event? 3. What do you think happens when a woman has twins, one boy and one girl?
    – Damila
    Apr 27 '20 at 19:05

It seems like she starts to count again from the second birth. The Rambam Isurey Biah 10:15 says

הִפִּילָה שִׁלְיָא תְּחִלָּה וְאַחַר כָּךְ יָלְדָה וָלָד שֶׁל קַיָּמָא חוֹשְׁשִׁין לַשִּׁלְיָא שֶׁהִיא וָלָד אַחֵר וְאֵין תּוֹלִין אוֹתָהּ בַּוָּלָד הַבָּא אַחֲרֶיהָ. שֶׁאֵין דַּרְכָּהּ שֶׁל שִׁלְיָא לָצֵאת לִפְנֵי הַוָּלָד. יָצָאת מִקְצָת הַשִּׁלְיָא בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן וּמִקְצָתָהּ בַּשֵּׁנִי מוֹנִין לָהּ מִיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן וְאֵין נוֹתְנִין לָהּ יְמֵי טָהֳרָה אֶלָּא מִיּוֹם שֵׁנִי לְהַחֲמִיר:

[When a woman] discharges a placenta and afterwards bears a viable child, we suspect that the placenta came as the result of another fetus.We do not associate it with the child that was born afterwards, for it is not usual for the placenta to emerge before the fetus. If a portion of the placenta emerges on Sunday and a portion emerges on Monday, we count [her days of impurity] from the first day and we count her days of purity only from the second day as a stringency

The last sentence implies that if we know there are two different births we would go by the second one.

  • To be clear it's not that we count from the second one but we count from each. If she has a girl on day 1 and a boy on day 30, she still has dam tohar from the girl after day 70.
    – Double AA
    Apr 28 '20 at 17:08

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