From a deacon:
May God Bless you for your work. I will be traveling home for
Thanksgiving break to Baptize my twin brother’s newborn son. He and
his wife are faithful, traditional Catholics. I was wondering if it is
still possible to celebrate for his wife the Churching of Women (or
the “Blessing of a Mother after Childbirth”), perhaps before the
Baptism? I’m assuming Summorum Pontificum expanded use of the older Blessings as well. But the new Book of Blessings, n. 237, says, “But the blessing after childbirth provided here is intended only for a mother who was unable to take part in the celebration of her child’s baptism.” And n.
257 indicates that there is a blessing of the mother at the end of the
Rite of Baptism, there n. 105 (but it is not quite the same). Can the
old Blessing still be done? If so, can a deacon do it?
Yes, the older Rituale Romanum can be used for the churching of women after childbirth. Pastors may use the Rituale Romanum.
I am not sure that this can be delegated to a deacon. The Rituale says “priest” throughout. I think it must be done by a priest.
Furthermore, I hope that one of the results of the “gravitational pull” created by Summorum Pontificum, is that the “Book of Blessings” (a misnomer, since most of the prayers in the book don’t actually bless anything) gets pulled into a black hole and is never seen again.