Biblical Accounts of Maternal Death

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As an important part of our Maternal Death resources and support, below are biblical accounts of maternal death, for meditation. 

We also have a full devotional section specific to pregnancy and infant loss support that may be helpful.

Unexpected Situations in Birth

Genesis 38: 27-30

What was this labor like for the mother?

When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez.  Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.

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Maternal Death

1 Samuel 4:19-22

A widowed and bereaved pregnant mother

Eli’s daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near her time of delivery. When she heard that the Ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth. She died in childbirth, but before she passed away the midwives tried to encourage her. “Don’t be afraid,” they said. “You have a baby boy!” But she did not answer or pay attention to them.

She named the child Ichabod (which means “Where is the glory?”), for she said, “Israel’s glory is gone.” She named him this because the Ark of God had been captured and because her father-in-law and husband were dead. Then she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the Ark of God has been captured.”



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  1. Brings a little bit of comfort to have this in the bible as well..


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