This icon is the Panagia Elevtherotria (also spelled Eleftherotria)
I am posting this
on behalf of a friend I know who, like myself,
is an Orthodox convert.
I said I would ask my readers...
Who are the Saints who specialize in helping a Mother conceive a child?
My friend* is seeking to bear another child.
I know Sylvia has great posts on The Mother of God and
I know that St. Joachim and Anna are known for their intercessions
for Mother's who wish to conceive.
also has various Psalms for this
reason (and for a healthy childbirth as well).
I would think also
St. Elizabeth the Mother of the Forerunner (St. John the Baptist),
(who was barren until old age and then conceived St. John the Forerunner)
St. Hannah (who prayed in the temple for a child and conceived the Holy Prophet Samuel)
St. Xenia of Petersberg
are all powerful intercessors for this reason.
So the question I have, that I promised my friend I would ask,
is are there other Saints or specific prayers in a prayer book
or Akathists (in English)
for the conception of a child?
I would love to hear more stories or of Saints or of prayers that were done
for this purpose in the church for women who are trying to conceive.
I know God cares so much for Mothers and the desire for children.
I look forward to hearing anything you can share about this!
Christ is Risen!!
(*as usual, I do not name people on my blog for sake of privacy)