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

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    Why would you believe otherwise? Commented May 15, 2012 at 16:42
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    @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) Commented May 15, 2012 at 16:45
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    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? Commented May 15, 2012 at 16:50
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    @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? Commented May 15, 2012 at 16:55
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    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
    Commented Jul 24, 2012 at 5:26

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not likely. would be similar to asking would a women need to cover her hair when showering. when one is in the midst of something which requires to be disrobed then at that moment we aren't concerned with her not being covered. if someone was normally covered in blood they wouldn't pray nor say G-d's name yet when the cohanim were in the middle of offering the avodah we weren't concerned with them being dirty while they were in the middle of it. context is an important factor when making decisions. a funny when to put it... knowing that tomato is a fruit is knowing a fact but wisdom is knowing that you don't get a smoothie if you put it in the blender

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    Why is childbirth something that requires her hair to be uncovered? Or if one place needs to be uncovered than any can? So she can give birth completely naked in Times Square if she wants?
    – Double AA
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 15:31
  • @DoubleAA required to be uncovered? That wasn't the question. In times square? That's called a klutz kashya.
    – Dude
    Commented Apr 28 at 17:37
  • You are the one who said "when one is in the midst of something which requires to be disrobed"
    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 28 at 17:50
  • Yes wearing clothes would be prohibitive to the process. Do you know how childbirth works? You asked why does her hair require to be uncovered. Now you are changing your question. Either way the question wasn't if hair was required to be uncovered
    – Dude
    Commented May 1 at 9:38
  • Only some clothes would be prohibitive to the process.
    – Double AA
    Commented May 1 at 13:58

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